'Wicked,' 'King' battle for top spot as 'Hairspray' hits 3rd

Broadway came out of Easter with few eggs broken. Thirty-three shows brought in a record-setting $17,072,157, down $505,177 or 2.87% from the previous holiday week.

It looks like a battle of the motion picture studios on Broadway, as Disney’s “The Lion King” ($1,126,077) and Universal’s “Wicked” ($1,104,830) continue to jockey for the No. 1 slot. Previous session went to the witches, but last week saw the return of the lion.

There was other notable news in the top 10. “The Producers” ($946,215) slipped to No. 5 behind “Hairspray” ($975,707) and “Mamma Mia!” ($974,008). “Fiddler on the Roof” ($753,335) took the week’s biggest hit, down $138,174. While most shows declined, “The Boy From Oz” ($813,842) defied the trend to rise $35,567.

There were a few B.O. upticks under the top 10. Minor five-figure increases helped to bolster “Golda’s Balcony” ($150,951), “Jumpers” ($299,146), “Match” ($228,630) and “Sly Fox” ($441,825). “King Lear” ($325,678) added $1,542 in its final week.

Unfortunately, “I Am My Own Wife” ($140,767) did not continue to build on its Pulitzer Prize win. Receipts fell $29,569, its cap down to 54.7%. “Sixteen Wounded” ($103,046) dropped only $874 in a heavily comped preem week. The show’s weak tally, however, has translated into a provisional closing notice, for May 25.

Do we have a record low here? In its first four previews, “Prymate” ($9,851) performed at only 6.9% capacity. Attendance came to 303 with the average price ticket at $32.51.

Off only $1,195, “Twentieth Century” ($291,430) did 91.7% cap. By comparison: Roundabout’s 2001 revival of another 1930s comedy, “The Women,” did 100% capacity three weeks out of the box, its receipts about $30,000 higher than the company’s current offering.

Another contest of revivals: Down $23,738, “Wonderful Town” ($474,271) pulled ever so slightly ahead of “Gypsy” ($472,967), which plummeted $121,819.

“Aida” ($621,485) suffered the other megadecline, its receipts off $100,172.

Elsewhere under the top 10, the damage was limited to five-figure dips: “Assassins” ($327,236), “Avenue Q” ($384,556), “Chicago” ($510,566), “Little Shop of Horrors” ($477,644), “The Phantom of the Opera” ($677,491), “A Raisin in the Sun” ($381,004), “Rent” ($346,002) and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” ($569,024).

With its gross potential set at $764,120, “Caroline, or Change” ($341,067) put in its first eight previews and performed at 70.7% capacity.

“Bombay Dreams” ($514,949) did seven previews. Since one perf was totally comped, receipts there fell $73,983.

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