'Wicked' in Seattle is the big earner

The road grosses slipped 28.6% in Week 15 (Aug. 31-Sept. 6), pulling the total gross for the nine-show slate down to $8,584,813.

Very little of the drop had to do with actual declines in sales: “Mamma Mia” and “The Phantom of the Opera” were on layoff, and “The Color Purple” did not have a final figure to report because of pending refunds for two perfs canceled due to inclement weather. “The Lion King” left its house record-breaking engagement in Calgary, Canada, for a smaller Anchorage, Alaska, venue.

The Seattle production of “Wicked” was the week’s biggest earner with $1,533,259 at the Paramount. And it broke the house record in Nashville, Tenn.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

The Lion King (M-1st Co.) Atwood Concert Hall ($85; 2,002; $1,209,502) (9/2-10/11/09).

PW, $1,442,113 in Calgary, Canada.

Last (1st) wk, $812,038.

BOSTON

Jersey Boys (M-1st Co.) Citi Performing Arts Center ($96; 1,540; $1,092,424) (7/27-8/9/09).

PW, $1,234,643.

Last (7th) wk, $1,257,011.

CHICAGO

Jersey Boys (M-3rd Co.) Bank of America Theater ($110; 1,848; $1,184,710) (10/06/07-OE).

PW, $573,105.

Last (99th) wk, $559,657.

LOS ANGELES

Spamalot (M-1st Co.) Ahmanson Theater ($99; 2,070, $1,266,946) (7/06-8/9/09)

PW, $759,096.

Last (9th) wk, $782,749.

Legally Blonde (M-1st Co.) Pantages ($93; 2,703, $1,496,330) (8/10-8/16/09).

PW, $848,741.

Last (4th) wk, $721,921.

NASHVILLE, TENN.

Wicked (M-2nd Co.) Tennessee Performing Arts Center ($82.50, 2,425, $1,328,135) (9/2-9/20/09).

PW, $1,437,413 in Austin.

Last (1st) wk, $1,402,950.

MINNEAPOLIS

Mary Poppins (M-1st Co.) Orpheum ($83; 2,452; $1,058,880) (9/3- 9/20/09).

PW, $1,194,374 in St. Louis.

Last (1st) wk, $698,404.

SAN FRANCISCO

Wicked (M-3rd Co.) Orpheum ($96; 2,163, $1,338,456) (1/27/09-open-ended).

PW, $901,270.

Last (32nd) wk, $816,823.

SEATTLE

Wicked (M-1st Co.) Paramount ($85, 2,811, $1,567,168) (9/2-10/4/09).

PW, $1,655,901 in San Diego.

Last (1st) wk, $1,533,259.

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