B.O. jumps; 'Contact' 853g

NEW YORK — Road grosses perked up significantly during the first week of the new season (May 27-June 2), as the roster increased from 13 to 16 titles. Grosses totaled $12,548,351 for a rise of 35.9%.

“Aida” had a good week in Hartford, Conn., grossing $724,407 at the Bushnell. “Contact” was hot in Houston, taking $853,086 at Jones Hall.

Estimates for last week:

ROAD GROSSES, WEEK 1 (MAY 27- JUNE 2, 2002)

BOSTON
Kiss Me Kate
(M-R) Wang Center ($68; 3,654; $1,764,980)(5/27/02-6/2/02).
PW, $546,690 in Cleveland.
Last (1st) wk, $646,383.

CINCINNATI
Mamma Mia!
(M-2nd Co.) Aranoff ($80; 2,623; $1,104,833)(5/15/02-6/2/02).
PW, $816,215.
Last (3rd) wk, $750,532.

HARTFORD
Aida
(M) Bushnell ($66; 2,698; $1,155,316)(5/28/02-6/9/02).
PW, $451,415 in Buffalo.
Last (1st) wk, $724,407.

DENVER
Lion King
(M-2nd Co.) Temple Buell ($63; 2,762; $1,229,818)(4/17/02-6/23/02).
PW, $1,154,273.
Last (7th) wk, $1,167,036.

DES MOINES, IA
Phantom of the Opera
(M) Centennial Hall ($65; 2,726; $930,000)(5/6/02-6/1/02).
PW, $708,916.
Last (4th) wk, $632,021.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Blast
(M) Devos Hall ($60; 2,321; $777,025)(5/28/02-6/2/02).
PW, $646,537 in Oklahoma.
LW, $523,333.

HOUSTON
Contact
(M) Jones Hall ($59; 2,804; $1,148,702)(5/28/02-6/2/02).
LW, $853,086

LINCOLN, NE
Beauty and the Beast
(M-3rd Co.) Lied Center ($60; 2,184; $826,800)(5/28/02-6/2/02).
PW, $369,484 in Kansas City, Mo.
Last (1st) wk, $577,440.

LOS ANGELES
The Lion King
(M) Pantages ($125VIP package; 2,261; $1,165,500)(10/19/00-OE).
PW, $993,869.
Last (88th) wk, $970,607.

SAN DIEGO
Guys and Dolls
(M-R) Civic ($48; 2,893; $997,392)(5/28/02-6/2/02).
PW, $234,795 in Reno.
Last (1st) week, $463,082.

SAN FRANCISCO
Les Miserables
(M- B&T- 3rd Co.) Curran ($82; 1,579; $845,181)(5/14/02-6/14/02).
PW, $733,763.
Last (2nd) wk, $732,681.

TEMPE
South Pacific
(M-R) Gammage Auditorium ($59; 3,017; $1,037,451)(5/28/02-6/2/02).
Last (1st) wk, $832,658.

TORONTO
The Lion King
(M) Princess of Wales (C$115/$76; 1,986; C$1,352,382/$895,142)(3/30/00-OE).
PW, C$1,234,365 ($806,555).
Last (111th) wk, C$1,148,909 ($723,812).
Mamma Mia! (M) Royal Alexandra (C$93/$62; 1,446; C$807,986/$534,806)(5/10/00- OE).
PW, C$831,358 ($543,222).
Last (103nd) wk, C$831,650 ($523,939).
Riverdance (M) Hummingbird Center (C$85/$53; 3011; C$1,894,614/$1,193,606)(5/22/02-6/2/02).
PW, C$1,471,979 ($962,057).
Last (2nd) wk, C$1,681,609 ($1,059,413).

WALLINGFORD, CT
Saturday Night Fever
(M) Oakdale ($68; 3,455; $1,170,652)(5/28/02-6/2/02).
PW, $774,259 in New Orleans.
Last (1st) wk, $571,372.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Mamma Mia!
(M) National ($75; 1,603; $816,258)(3/28/02-6/8/02).
PW, $800,933.
Last (10th) wk, $796,549.

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