7% drop good news for road shows

Road grosses

NEW YORK — The road slipped just under 7% in Week 29 (Dec. 10-16), rolling downhill $958,591 to $12,909,375.

As odd as it sounds, that’s actually good news — the consistently performing Honolulu production of “The Lion King” departed Hawaii and is in layoff until its Jan. 3 opening in Mexico City, so with its dependable million-plus gone from the slate, the 13 remaining shows are averaging slightly higher than they were last week.

The newest production of “Jersey Boys,” now playing in Seattle, broke the box office record it set last week by more than $100,000, and “High School Musical” and “Wicked” in St. Louis both made strong debuts in their new venues.

“Musical” grossed nearly $800,000 in four shows, while “Wicked” topped the charts at the Fox Theater with $1,882,971.

Estimates for last week:

BALTIMORE

Avenue Q (M-1st Co.) Hippodrome ($70; 2,203; $1,086,715) (12/10/07-12/16/07).
PW, $819,676 in Washington.
Last (1st) wk, $616,802.

BOSTON

Mamma Mia! (M) Colonial Theater ($83; 1,635; $965,677) (11/27/07-12/9/07).
PW, $727,644.
Last (3rd) wk, $760,699.

CHICAGO

Jersey Boys (M-3rd Co.) LaSalle Bank Theater ($95; 1,918; $1,213,120) (10/1/06-OE).
PW $1,152,903.
Last (11th) wk, $1,123,193.

The Phantom of the Opera (M) Cadillac Palace Theater ($123; 2,298; $960,993) (10/31/07-1/06/08).
PW, $746,434.
Last (6th) wk, $746,434.

Wicked (M-2nd Co.) Ford Center ($82; 2,243, $1,224,272) (6/24/05-OE).
PW, $1,006,510.
Last (130th) wk, $1,001,332.

DETROIT

The Lion King (M-1st Co.) (M) Detroit Opera House ($80; 2,669; $1,440,931) (9/25/07-11/25/07).
PW, $1,242,563.
Last (3rd) wk, $1,246,972.

LOS ANGELES

High School Musical (M-1st Co.) Kodak Theater ($73; 2,643, $1,053,510) (12/10/2007 – 12/16/07).
PW, $330,779 in Little Rock, Ark.
Last (1st) wk, 4 perfs, $794,297.

Wicked (M-3rd Co.) Pantages Theater ($85; 2,703, $1,633,691) (2/10/07-OE).
PW, $1,201,820.
Last (44th) wk, $1,210,526.

ST. LOUIS

Wicked (M-1st Co.) Fox ($75; 4,074, $1,985,268) (12/12/07-1/06/08).
PW, $1,387,917 in Hartford.
Last (1st) wk, $1,882,971.

SAN FRANCISCO

The Color Purple (M-1st Co.) Orpheum Theater ($207; 2,197; $1,321,097) (10/9/07-OE)
PW, $1,045,525.
Last (11th) wk, 5 perf, $631,351.

Jersey Boys (M-2nd Co.) Curran Theater ($99; 9,968; $828,737) (11/20/07-1/6/08)
PW, $781,010.
Last (4th) wk, $868,817.

SEATTLE

Jersey Boys (M-1st Co.) Fifth Avenue ($85; 2,113; $1,248,257) (12/03/07-1/13/07).
PW, $1,140,160.
Last (2nd) wk; $1,288,874.

WASHINGTON

Monty Python’s Spamalot (M) National Theater ($90; 1,659; $1,081,440) (12/10/07-12/16/07).
PW, $936,027 in East Lansing, Mich.
Last (1st) wk, $738,107.

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