‘Billy Elliot,’ ‘Christmas’ lift box office

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — A lot of Broadway shows saw sales slide in the week leading up to the Thanksgiving frame — but thanks to “Billy Elliot” and “White Christmas,” the overall cume stayed steady.

Box office for those two tuners jumped by more than $200,000 each in Week 26 (Nov. 17-23), with newly minted critical fave “Billy Elliot” ($1,057,069) climbing by upwards of $260,000 to return to the second rung of the top 10 (where it first landed a couple of weeks ago).

“White Christmas” ($773,037), meanwhile, pulled in a growing chunk of holiday-hungry auds after going from five previews to seven in its opening week.

Otherwise, on-the-rise receipts were few and far between, with Roundabout Theater Company’s “Pal Joey” ($298,527) playing six perfs vs. four the prior sesh and bringing in an additional $90,000. “The Lion King” ($968,317) and “In the Heights” ($759,756) also logged solid five-figure gains.

Cume hovered at $16.6 million for 31 shows on the boards (or $17 million including estimates for “Young Frankenstein”).

The strong-selling revival of “All My Sons” ($602,795) took a $75,000 hit but still maintained its lead over the season’s other star-driven revivals, including “Speed-the-Plow” ($522,804), “The Seagull” ($474,205) and “Equus” ($425,169).

“Shrek the Musical” ($504,872), again playing seven previews, was off about $45,000 from the previous frame.

“Gypsy” ($427,596) experienced the biggest drop of the week, falling more than $150,000 and playing to crowds at less than 50% of capacity. Also playing to houses less than half full: “13” ($224,956), “The 39 Steps” ($154,785) and “Equus.”

“American Buffalo” ($202,442) didn’t hit 50% either. Producers decided to shutter the show Sunday.

Among the productions showing the most resilience were Lincoln Center Theater’s still in-demand revival of “South Pacific” ($907,702), which reported the highest average price paid per ticket ($109.20), and “Jersey Boys,” the tuner whose usually high average pricetag was $108.99.

Next up: Thanksgiving week — the traditionally boffo frame that many legiters think will be one of the first real indicators of how the turbulence of the global economy will affect the Rialto.

The 21 musicals grossed $13,143,415 for 73.3% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 165,793 at 73.3% capacity and average paid admission of $79.28.

The 11 plays grossed $3,459,301 for 20.8% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 48,964 at 81.7% capacity and average paid admission of $70.65.

Average paid admission was $77.31 for all shows.

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