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Rialto takes box office dive

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway took a tumble in Week 1 (May 26-June 1), with total cume falling roughly $3.2 million to around $17.6 million for 34 shows reporting.

Taking into account estimates for “Young Frankenstein,” which fell $165,000 to $797,000, the tally came to $18.4 million.

Late May and early June is traditionally an unstable period for the Rialto, coming after the boost in biz during the spring break weeks, but before the tourist influx of summer proper.

Only “South Pacific” ($767,639) and “Top Girls” ($208,705) posted gains in Week 1. But neither rose by much, and the uptick for “Girls” can be attributed to the correction after a student perf was entirely comped during the prior sesh.

“Chicago” ($407,726) and “Curtains” ($414,981) were both down by more than $140,000, while “Mary Poppins” ($703,244), “Gypsy” ($677,884) and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($533,772) each experienced drops in the $130,000 range.

In terms of percentages, receipts for Tony nominee “Cry-Baby” ($226,704) were hardest hit, sliding 32% from the previous frame. The show’s competish in the new tuner slot also was affected, with “In the Heights” ($605,594) lowering by almost $130,000 and “Passing Strange” ($200,668) and “Xanadu” ($162,193) each falling by five figures.

Attendance for reporting shows fell almost 40,000 to 241,159.

The 26 musicals grossed $14,696,803 ($15,493,803 estimated) for 83.5% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 196,046 at 75.1% capacity and average paid admission of $74.97.

The nine plays grossed $2,898,291 for 16.5% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 45,113 at 67.5% capacity and average paid admission of $64.25.

Average paid admission was $72.96 for all shows.

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