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Broadway box office still slipping

'Farnsworth Invention' takes biggest dip

The seasonal slowdown on Broadway continued last week, with B.O. slipping by around $1.2 million to an estimated $14.3 million for 31 shows on the boards.

Receipts dropped for nearly every production on the Rialto. In terms of percentages, the biggest dip was seen by “The Farnsworth Invention,” down by 31% to $186,342, with “Chicago” ($245,076), “Avenue Q” ($233,723) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (dropping $120,000 to $475,303) all off about 20% each.

Of the few shows that bucked the downward trend, “Wicked” ($1,344,206) held strong while Manhattan Theater Club’s revival of “Come Back, Little Sheba” ($205,016) rose $55,000.

Only other production to climb, “Sunday in the Park with George” ($369,396), gained about $120,000 over the prior frame when it played its first full week of eight previews (up from five the previous sesh).

Dipping less than $20,000, the play “August: Osage County” ($559,400) hung in there, racking up a tally greater than tuners such as “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($502,097), “Grease” ($476,769) and “Legally Blonde” ($437,635). Another play, “November” ($424,197), also posted decent numbers for a non-musical.

Otherwise, it was a chilly week along the main stem, with 13 productions coming in under the $300,000 mark, ranging from “Rock ‘n’ Roll” ($290,921) to “A Chorus Line” ($261,231) to “Xanadu” ($153,328).

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