Biz off; ‘Python’ $1.1m

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway biz held steady for Week 18 (Sept. 26-Oct. 2), with many shows’ grosses rising or falling by unremarkable five-figure margins.

For the 23 shows on the boards, total receipts were down $605,789 to $12,352,137. That’s on the healthy side of average for the normally lackluster early autumn season.

A big chunk of that dip came from “Rent” ($60,519), down $261,960 due to renovations to the theater’s sound system that shuttered the production for all but two of the week’s perfs.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($1,071,021) set a Shubert Theater box office record for the 10th time, with capacity at nearly 102% and average paid admission of $91.24. That was enough to nudge “The Lion King” ($1,050,497) out of second place again, but not enough to overtake B.O. leader “Wicked” ($1,266,499).

On the other end of the spectrum is “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which fell $22,802 to $401,168, against a gross potential of $1,224,682. With its average paid admission down to $46.44, “Chitty” looks hardest hit by the fall doldrums.

“In My Life” played its first four previews, taking in $88,732 from a 48.4% capacity crowd, while the Manhattan Theater Club revival of “Absurd Person Singular” ($178,053) had its first full week of perfs and picked up $70,783 for its additional three shows.

The 19 musicals grossed $11,334,349 for 91.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 165,661 at 83.1% of capacity.

The four plays grossed $1,017,788 for 8.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 17,201 at 76.4% capacity.

Average paid admission was $68.42 for musicals, $63.87 for plays and $67.55 for all shows.

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