January blues hit road grosses

Road Grosses

NEW YORK — After a gravity-defying two weeks, the January blues finally waylaid the road: The 13-show slate is down about 6.5% to $16,067,644.

Big tuners playing musical venues took the wind out of the sales for Week 33 (Jan. 7-13): “Wicked” still broke the house record in Cincinatti with more than $1.4 million, but it left about $860,000 behind in St. Louis. “The Phantom of the Opera” left Chicago for Louisville and came up about $370,000 shy of last week’s gross, and “The Lion King” dropped two perfs and about $440,000 as it moved into Pittsburgh.

The Mexico City production of “Lion King” picked up some of the shortfall with a gain of about $600,000 in Mexico City, and “High School Musical” got a similar-sized bump from its first week in the recently-vacated Fox.

The highest-grossing show on the charts was the Cheetah tour of “The Lion King” in Mexico City, with 28,417,960 pesos ($2,624,398).

CHICAGO

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

PW $1,157,003.

Last (15th) wk, $1,112,415.

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

PW, $1,272,354.

Last (134th) wk, $1,023,401.

CINCINNATI

Wicked (M-1st Co.) Aronoff ($82.50; 2,268, $1,418,229) (1/9-2/03/08).

PW, $2,307,263 in St. Louis.

Last (1st) wk, $1,445,179.

LOUISVILLE

Phantom of the Opera (M) Kentucky Center ($50; 2,457; $804,318) (1/8/08-1/27/08).

PW, $1,115,708 in Chicago

Last (1st) wk, $749,394

LOS ANGELES

The Color Purple (M-1st Co.) Ahmanson Theater ($150; 2,058; $1,355,000) (12/18/07-12/30/07)

PW, $972,247.

Last (3rd) wk, $926,324.

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

PW, $1,789,556.

Last (49th) wk, $1,529,032.

MEXICO CITY

The Lion King (M) Auditorio Nacional ($137; 6,257; $3,049,887/M$32,743,080) (12/31/07-1/6/08).

PW, $2,032,751/M$25,466,840.

Last (2nd) wk, $2,624,398/M$28,417,960

MINNEAPOLIS

Avenue Q (M) State Theater ($63; 2,089; $903,017) (12/31/07-1/6/08).

PW, $597,835.

Last (2nd) wk, $543,321

MONTREAL

Mamma Mia! (M) Place des Arts ($90/C$89; 2,882; $1,521,779/C$1,536,997) (1/8/08-1/13/08).

PW, $1,406,415/C$1,409,370.

Last (4th) wk, $1,448,902/C$1,463,391.

PITTSBURGH

The Lion King (M-1st Co.) (M) Benedum ($75; 2,793; $1,018,274) (1/10/08-2/17/08).

PW, $$1,371,008 in Detroit.

Last (1st) wk, $927,267.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.

Monty Python’s Spamalot (M) Proctor’s Theater ($65; 2,590; $1,202,400) (1/8/08-1/13/08).

PW, $1,125,792 in Washington.

Last (1st) wk, $1,127,526.

SEATTLE

Jersey Boys (M-1st Co.) Fifth Avenue ($85; 2,113; $1,288,926) (12/03/07-1/13/07).

PW, $1,312,763.

Last (6th) wk; $1,309,544.

ST. LOUIS

High School Musical (M-1st Co.) Fox Theater ($58; 4,074, $1,464,747) (1/9/08 – 1/13/08).

PW, $732,353 in Tuscon.

Last (1st) wk, $1,300,941.

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