Steady as she goes for Broadway grosses

Total receipts were down for season

Broadway biz held steady for the week ending 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, and 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 performances. (Show picks up again Wednesday.)

“Spamalot” ($1,071,021) set a Shubert Theater box office record for the 10th time, with capacity at nearly 102% and an average paid admission of $91.24. It was enough to nudge “The Lion King” ($1,050,497) off the top 10’s second rung 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 at $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 performances and picked up $70,783 for its additional three shows.

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