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B.O. sapped by heat

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Heat waves sometimes send people running into air-conditioned movie theaters. However, the sudden urge to get cool didn’t help Broadway’s box office in Week 8 (July 18-24). Instead of continuing its traditional recovery from the July 4 lull, legit B.O. retreated $55,414, or 0.34%, from the previous session.

Fifteen of 29 shows took a dip; then again, 11 did better than 90% capacity. Overall, the $16,213,296 tally was a record setter for the mid-July sesh. Even the 238,239 in paid attendance was up from previous years.

Also on the plus side, mighty “Wicked” ($1,307,492), up $9,910, set another house record at the Gershwin.

Solo show “Primo” ($363,806) saw the week’s biggest increase, up $52,107, 16.7% from the previous week. That’s good enough biz to warrant an extension to Aug. 14.

“The Light in the Piazza” ($559,138) put in its best week to date, playing to 91.4% capacity at Lincoln Center.

Down $20,144, “All Shook Up” ($492,802) played to 77% capacity, but at the cost of the week’s lowest average-price ticket for a tuner: $46.90.

The summer heat had more of an adverse effect on the plays: Most were down, including “Glengarry Glen Ross” ($419,664); “The Constant Wife” ($275,081); “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ($178,925 on a seven-perf sked); and “The Pillowman” ($296,443).

Even the popular “Doubt” ($532,594) took a sizable tumble, down $17,515. Capacity there was 89.1% after weeks at 99.9%. “Glengarry” and “Pillowman” did 70%-plus each.

The 21 musicals grossed $13,879,183 for 85.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 201,488 at 85.6% of capacity.

The eight plays grossed $2,334,113 for 14.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 36,751 at 66.6% of capacity.

Average paid admission was $68.88 for musicals, $63.51 for plays and $68.05 for all shows.

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