'Chitty,' 'Phantom,' 'Beast' slide after holiday highs

Broadway came down from its holiday high during the week ending Dec. 4, with total grosses falling $2,759,291 to $18,052,975.

Perennials do their biggest biz during holidays, so they took the hardest hits. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($574,414) fell a vertiginous $421,096, while “The Lion King” ($1,127,366), “The Phantom of the Opera” ($658,344) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($562,162) sank by more than $250,000 each from the Thanksgiving sesh.

“Rent” ($494,431), fresh off a boffo week spurred by the release of the movie, sank by $188,821. Meanwhile, “The Color Purple” ($577,269) had a hotly publicized bow Dec. 1, but the heavily comped opening week brought tallies down by $187,599.

Among those bucking the downward trend were “The Woman in White” ($828,873), up more than $50,000; “Sweet Charity” ($513,771), climbing around $27,000; and “The Odd Couple” ($882,218), gaining about $15,000.

“Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life” ($316,472) also gained a little momentum, rising around $65,000 for a seven-perf week.

“In My Life” ($145,003 ) jumped by about $20,000, but that wasn’t enough to keep it alive. The tuner will shutter Sunday.

Stragglers “Latinologues” and “Souvenir” continued to limp along, with neither bringing in more than $80,000 for a full week’s performances.

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