Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — With no President’s Day weekend to give it a boost, Broadway biz fell off about $800,000 for Week 39 (Feb. 20-26). But the $15,701,009 taken in by the 24 shows on the boards still reps a relatively strong showing during the winter doldrums.

“The Lion King” ($1,260,528) saw the biggest surge of the week, up more than $185,000 from the prior sesh. Show ranked second in the top 10, hammocked between $1 million-plus earners “Wicked” ($1,411,120) and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($1,035,342).

“The Color Purple” ($957,137), “Jersey Boys” ($928,421) and “The Odd Couple” ($900,531) also posted robust numbers. And “The Producers,” rising more than $82,000 to $846,193, experienced the second-highest bump of the frame.

“The Pajama Game” ($301,859) fell more than $90,000 in a heavily comped opening week, but expect biz to pick up again in the wake of generally strong reviews.

Among other recently opened shows, “Barefoot in the Park” ($342,569) gained around $35,000 worth of momentum, and “Rabbit Hole” ($289,326) played to 96% capacity (although it earned about 70% of its nearly $413,000 potential). “Bridge and Tunnel” ($284,135) also saw a slight gain.

Johnny Cash tuner “Ring of Fire” ($221,516) dipped by more than $68,000 in its third week of previews.

The 19 musicals grossed $13,545,449 for 86.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 182,062 for 91.4% capacity.

The five plays grossed $2,155,560 for 13.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 30,002 at 86.4% capacity.

Average paid admission was $74.40 for musicals, $71.85 for plays and $74.04 for all shows.

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