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Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses fell 10% to $16,069,360 during Week 5 (June 27-July 3), but that total was without four shows that closed the previous week, and it still demolished the previous record for the traditionally tepid July 4 weekend. Frame continued the wickets’ hottest summer in recent years, coming on the heels of June, where four weeks earned a total of $70 million.

The four shows that closed the previous week — “La Cage aux Folles,” “Brooklyn,” “Mark Twain Tonight” and “On Golden Pond” — brought in a total of $1,047,675 during that week, which is almost three-fifths of the $1,788,286 hit Broadway took the following week.

Attendance was down 9% to 238,943, which bested the July 4 week in both 2004 (234,017) and 2003 (202,476).

Still, 23 of the 29 returning shows took losses. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” had the biggest gain the previous week but the biggest loss last week by far, dropping $168,002 to $835,148.

Other shows suffering big losses were “Fiddler on the Roof” (down $70,585 to $460,798), “Beauty and the Beast” (down $56,047 to $661,340) and “Hairspray” (down $51,241 to $752,875).

The biggest gainer was “Wicked,” which rose $25,167 to $1,290,478, the show’s best week ever and a Gershwin Theater house record.

Also setting house records were “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (up $21,180 to $989,524) and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (up $14,073 to $451,332).

The 19 musicals grossed $13,329,992 for 83.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 191,778 at 88.8% of capacity.

The 10 plays grossed $2,739,368 for 17.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 47,165 at 66.3% of capacity.

Average paid admission was $69.51 for musicals, $58.08 for plays and $67.25 for all shows.

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