Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — While the producers-actors negotiations got ugly, the Broadway box office got even uglier, as grosses dropped 11.9% to $14,740,905 during Week 5 (June 28-July 4) and attendance slipped 7.7% to 234,017.

Independence Day weekend is never very legit-friendly, and this year was no exception. To summarize the frame, the fickle fell while the prosperous parried the blow.

Exhibits A thru D: the typically B.O.-bipolar “Little Shop of Horrors” (down $115,921 to $291,960) “Bombay Dreams” (spilling $133,272 to $610,977), “42nd Street” (plunging $174,794 to $530,077) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (bleeding $223,874 to $495,792).

Talking plants, Bollywood stars, tap dancers and a Russian shtetl probably seemed unfit entertainment subjects for America’s first wartime birthday in decades. But even the staunchly United States-centered story “Movin’ Out” tumbled $139,798 to $554,652.

More fortunate were the unflappable Tony winners “Avenue Q” (up $3,364 to $409,825), “Wicked” (up $7,512 to $1,142,867), and “A Raisin in the Sun” (up $9,881 to $659,001).

The only exception to the rule was the normally steadfast “Mamma Mia!” (down a whopping $257,407 to $755,804). Perhaps watching a Greece-set Swedish pop musical about a middle-aged woman’s promiscuity was not what the founders would consider a suitable July 4 activity.

The 21 musicals grossed $12,669,402 for 85.9% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 194,550 at 81.7% of capacity.

The nine plays grossed $2,071,503 for 14.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 39,467 at 75.4% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $65.12 for musicals, $52.49 for plays and $62.99 for all shows.

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