'Aida,' 'Beast' see biggest B.O. rise

Broadway marked time last week, its overall receipts for 23 shows up only $87,823 from the previous session.

Still, business was good enough to produce a $13,887,752 tally that set a record for the late-July timeframe. A year ago, it took 31 shows to produce $13.82 million.

There were no huge money shifts in either direction last week.

Biggest movement came from Disney’s “Aida” ($764,597) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($677,221), which rose $63,227 and $58,505, respectively.

Toni Braxton has obviously revitalized “Aida.” And kids out of school nearly pushed “Beauty” back into the top 10, but not quite.

Four shows came close to snatching the No. 10 slot won by “Thoroughly Modern Millie” ($691,537).

In addition to “B&B,” there was “Phantom of the Opera” ($663,140), “Chicago” ($671,200) and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” ($675,879), the latter two setting respective house records at the Ambassador and Plymouth theaters.

Up $2,174, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” saw some improvement over the previous week, as did “Say Goodnight Gracie” ($101,931), which jumped $2,161.

Less fortunate were “Enchanted April” ($160,330) and “Take Me Out” ($295,380), which took respective hits of $19,840 and $27,299. Richard Greenberg’s Tony winner fell under the $300,000 mark for the first time in five weeks. Matthew Barber’s reroasting of the English chestnut posted a closing notice for Aug. 31.

Elsewhere under the top 10, “Rent” ($414,539) and “Urinetown” ($303,297) gained while “Man of La Mancha” ($501,937) — also skedded to close Aug. 31 — continued to slide.

In and out of previews this week, “Avenue Q” ($181,054) opens July 31 after improving $37,740 last week. And a heavily comped opening night took a $7,676 chunk out of “Big River” ($199,769).

Rave reviews might help the musical revival’s future B.O. Its opening-week tally fell about $30,000 short of what Roundabout’s 2002 summer turkey, “The Boys From Syracuse,” took in its preem session.

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