B.O. dips, but still high

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — The Broadway season ended on a high, as Rialto grosses totaled more than $20 million, hitting $20,363,812 for Week 52 (May 21-28).

That’s down about a quarter of a million from the previous sesh, but still an unusually high number for this time of year, a total elevated in part by a crowded theater season.

Individual shows saw bumps and dips, but nothing major.

Biggest rises came from “Tarzan,” up more than $85,000, and “The Drowsy Chaperone,” climbing about $50,000.

Playing to about 96% capacity auds, “Tarzan” has fallen off a bit from its sold-out preview period. But “Drowsy” rode the buzz generated by its 13 Tony noms to packed houses (100.5%), with grosses likely to rise again now that an early-purchase discount offer has expired.

“The Color Purple” and “Jersey Boys” continued to play the new kids in the millionaires’ club, once again landing on the top 10 right behind “Wicked” and “The Lion King.”

“The Wedding Singer” held steady in the middle ground between a hit and a miss. Also barely changed were B.O. strugglers “Hot Feet” and “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.”

Biggest drop of the week came at “Lestat,” which fell around $45,000 in its final week on the boards.

The 24 musicals grossed $16,329,505 for 80.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 224,658 at 86.1% capacity.

The nine plays grossed $4,034,307 for 19.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 54,615 at 85.4% capacity.

Average paid admission was $72.69 for musicals, $73.87 for plays and $72.92 for all shows.

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