Broadway takes a dip

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Receipts dipped all along the Rialto in Week 49 (April 28-May 4), following a strong prior frame that saw sales at most shows rise.

Only a handful of productions managed to buck the downward trend, with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($842,570), “Macbeth” ($516,940) and “A Catered Affair” ($431,151) among the lucky few.

“South Pacific” ($748,618) also climbed a bit, showing more box office stability than fellow revivals “Gypsy” ($750,482) and “Sunday in the Park With George” ($301,337), which both fell off by more than $130,000 each.

In fact, six-figure drops weren’t uncommon last week, with both “The Little Mermaid” ($926,863) and “Legally Blonde” ($531,418) down nearly $190,000, and “November” ($289,219) off by more than $155,000. “A Chorus Line” ($367,138) sank almost $115,000.

Estimates for “Young Frankenstein” dropped by more than $200,000 to $859,000.

Nearly everyone, though, took a hit, including “In the Heights” (down almost $100,000 to $486,708) and “Hairspray” ($668,297), “Curtains” ($494,554) and “Spring Awakening” ($403,848), each seeing a dip in the $80,000 range.

Two shows that had temporarily gone dark in order to move theaters — “August: Osage County” ($393,451) and “The 39 Steps” ($219,453) — returned to boards to add their coin to the pot.

Nonetheless, total cume fell about $1.2 million to $19.2 million for 36 shows reporting (or around $20 million including “Frankenstein” estimates).

The 27 musicals grossed $15,969,669 ($16,828,669 estimated), with a paid attendance of 209,053 and an average ticket price of $76.39.

The 10 plays grossed $3,183,626, with a paid attendance of 50,191 and an average ticket price of $62.43.

The average ticket price for all shows was $73.88.

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