Box office levels out; ‘Spamalot’ up

Road Grosses

NEW YORK The road grosses stayed almost perfectly level, gaining less than a quarter of a percentage point in Week 40 (Feb. 25-March 2), for a combined gross of $13,743,945.

A few shows saw an uptick, notably “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which moved into a much smaller venue but still posted a gain, and “Jersey Boys” in Tampa, Fla., which shot up more than $170,000 and landed in the top slot of highest-grossing show.

“Wicked” continued to fall in Los Angeles but broke its own house record in Cleveland yet again, and “Mamma Mia!” left more than $200,000 behind in Motown when it moved, oddly, to a larger venue in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The road continues to outstrip the previous year’s gains by a considerable margin, with an average of more than a million dollars per show during this frame, thanks mostly to the the powerhouse perfs of several successful musicals.

BALTIMORE

High School Musical (M-1st Co.) Hippodrome ($72; 2,203, $1,086,715) (2/18/08 – 3/2/08).

PW, $866,755.

Last (2nd) wk, $924,216.

CHICAGO

Jersey Boys (M-3rd Co.) LaSalle Bank Theater ($95; 1,918; $1,213,120) (10/1/06-OE).

PW $1,070,094.

Last (21st) wk, $1,021,196.

Wicked (M-2nd Co.) Ford Center ($82; 2,243, $1,224,272) (6/24/05-OE).

PW, $1,023,404.

Last (138th) wk, $974,282.

CLEVELAND

Wicked (M-1st Co.) State ($84.50; 3,052, $1,666,128) (2/6-3/09/08).

PW, $1,609,488.

Last (4th) wk, $1,641,002.

FT. MYERS, FLA.

Monty Python’s Spamalot (M) Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall ($84; 1,849; $1,125,208) (2/26/08 – 3/2/08).

PW, $802,778 in Jacksonville.

Last (1st) wk, $818,668.

KALAMAZOO, MICH.

Mamma Mia! (M) Miller Auditorium ($57.50; 3,402; $1,256,800) (2/26/08 – 3/2/08).

PW, $655,436 in Detroit.

Last (1st) wk, $445,785.

LOS ANGELES

The Color Purple (M-1st Co.) Ahmanson Theater ($150; 2,058; $1,411,000) (12/18/07-OE)

PW, $958,734.

Last (9th) wk, $941,155.

Wicked (M-3rd Co.) Pantages Theater ($85; 2,703, $1,633,691) (2/10/07-OE).

PW, $1,481,714.

Last (56th) wk, $1,434,077.

MILWAUKEE, WIS.

Avenue Q (M) Marcus Center for the Performing Arts ($62; 2,259; $990,111) (2/26/08-3/2/08).

PW, $690,463 in St. Louis.

Last (1st) wk, $595,527.

The Lion King (M) Milwaukee Theater ($75; 3,539; $1,607,414) (2/3/08-3/2/08).

PW, $1,533,512.

Last (5th) wk $1,600,460.

SAN ANTONIO

The Phantom of the Opera (M) Majestic ($70; 2,468; $812,507) (2/28/08-3/23/08).

PW, $766,701 in Omaha.

Last (1st) wk, $742,475.

TAMPA, FLA.

Jersey Boys (M-1st Co.) TBPAC ($97; 2,586; $1,703,239) (2/11/08 – 2/17/08).

PW, $1,498,753.

Last (2nd) wk, $1,670,815.

TOLEDO, OHIO

The Lion King (M-1st Co.) (M) The Stranahan ($75; 2,373; $905,508) (2/21/08-3/30/08).

PW, $753,986.

Last (2nd) wk, $934,287.

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