Biz rises; ‘Contact’ 717g

NEW YORK — Road grosses started off the new season with a bit of a recovery. B.O. for Week 1 (May 28-June 3) totaled $13,574,841, a rise of 9.8% over the previous frame.

There were 20 shows reporting. “Saturday Night Fever” moved to L.A., where it took $425,494 for its first week at the Shubert.

In San Francisco, where it opened to stellar reviews, “Contact” took a strong $717,572 of a potential $896,354 for its first full week of performances.

Estimates for last week:

BOSTON
Les Miserables (M-B&T-3rd Co.) Colonial ($74; 1,612; $790,039)(4/10/01-6/3/01).
PW, $651,583.
Last (6th) wk, $629,428.
Swing (M) Shubert ($68.50; 1,540; $684,660)(5/29/01-6/10/01).
PW, $488,128 in East Lansing, MICH
Last (2nd) wk, $383,962.

BUFFALO
Fosse (M) Shea’s PAC ($50; 3,183; $865,465)(5/29/01-6/3/01).
PW, $598,764 in Las Vegas
Last wk, $634,350.

CHICAGO
Mamma Mia!
(M) Cadillac Palace ($75.50; 2,344; $1,107,069)(5/13/01/-8/12/01).
PW, $884,618
Last (2nd) wk, $ 847,257

COLUMBUS, OHIO
Fiddler on the Roof
(M-R) Palace ($55; 2,823; $1,098,278) (5/29/01-6/3/01).
Last wk, $638,161.

DALLAS
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
(M-R) Summer Musicals ($59; 3,420; $941,348) (5/29/01-6/3/01)
PW, $759,507 in Atlanta.
Last wk, $645,044.

FT. LAUDERDALE
The Civil War
(M) Broward P.A.C. ($59; 2,653; $1,42,882) (5/22/01-6/3/01).
PW, $367,478.
Last (2nd) wk, $358,773.

HOUSTON
Riverdance
(M) Jones Hall ($65; 2912; $1,300,159) (5/29/01-6/3/01).
PW, $1,025,034 in Austin
Last wk, $1,011,436.

LOUISVILLE, KY.
The Phantom of the Opera (M-3rd Co.) Kentucky Center ($69; 2,463; $938,888)(5/29/01-6/23/01).
PW, $816,866 in Detroit.
Last (1st) wk, $764,140.

LOS ANGELES
The Lion King (M) Pantages ($125 VIP package; 2,703; $1,441,739)(10/1/00-OE).
PW, $1,350,020.
Last (36th) wk, $1,333,013.
Saturday Night Fever (M) Shubert ($70; 2,129; $918,560)(5/29/01-6/24/01).
Last (1st) wk, $425,494.

Newark
Ragtime
(M) NJPAC ($72; 2,746; $1,154,000)(5/29/01-6/3/01)
PW, $621,987 in Grand Rapids, MI
Last wk, $596,690.

PORTLAND, OREGON
Aida
(M) Keller Auditorium ($58.25/$63.25; 2,992; $1,163,292)(5/29/01-6/3/01).
PW, $596,159 in Seattle
Last wk, $613,070.

SAN DIEGO
Cinderella
(M) Civic ($60; 23,144; $1,045,099) (5/29/01-6/3/01)
Last (1st) wk $507,536.

SAN FRANCISCO
Contact
(M) Curran ($80; 1,657; $896,354)(8perf)(5/14/01-6/24/01)
PW $400,815 (7perf).
Last (3rd) wk, $717,572 (8 perf).

TORONTO
Beauty and the Beast
(M-3rd Co.) Hummingbird PAC (C$77/$49; 3,167; C$1,776,486/$1,161,102) (5/14/01-6/10/01).
PW, C$676,657 ($442,259).
Last wk, C$1,622,263 ($1,060,303).
The Full Monty (M) Elgin (C$97.35/$62.30; 1,522; C$858,469/$549.420)(8pr)(5/22/01-9/3/01)
PW, C$606,302 ($388,033).
Last (2nd) wk, C$629,850.20 ($409,402) (8pr)
The Lion King (M) Princess of Wales (C$115/$76; 1,986; C$1,352,382/$895,142)(3/30/00-OE).
PW, C$1,331,410 ($852,102).
Last (60th) wk, C$1,332,031.00 ($865,820).
Mamma Mia! (M) Royal Alexandra (C$93/$62; 1,446; C$807,986/$534,806)(5/10/00- OE).
PW, C$821,945 ($526,045)
Last (54th) wk, C$815,751 ($530,238)

VANCOUVER
Rent
(M-2nd Co.) Queen Elizabeth (C$75.50/49.08; 2696; C$1,059,812/$688,877) (5/29/01-6/3/01)
PW, C$688,528 ($440,658) in Winnipeg.
Last wk, C$927,927 ($603,152).

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