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B’Way B.O. beating ’99 but still sees declines

'Dinner,' 'Miserables', 'Rent' see aud tally rise

Two fewer shows took a toll on the week’s overall B.O., as it dropped $357,014 — or 2.7% — from the previous session to land at $12,356,101. But summer box office continues to outperform 1999 by 18.5% when the total stood at $10,410,887.

Of the 24 shows now running, 16 took a dip. “Copenhagen” withstood one of the bigger hits, diving $59,002 to end at $259,089, its second lowest week of regular performances since opening last April. Attendance figures dropped to 65.53%, which marked an all-time low for the Michael Frayn drama. Its $45.93 average ticket price is Broadway’s biggest bargain for a play — not that there’s much competition in that category this time of year.

Two down, one up

Only three other plays are currently running: “Dirty Blonde” declined $17,952, while “The Real Thing” slipped $7,910 in its penultimate week of performances. Only “The Man Who Came to Dinner” improved, up $38,496 for a close of $261,469, on a gross potential of $349,943. The vintage comedy played to 97.02% capacity.

Dollar amounts continued to bounce around for “Saturday Night Fever,” this time in the downward direction. The Bee Gees tuner sank $71,301 to finish at $444,322 on its huge gross potential of $901,190. Capacity is at 74.27% with its average ticket price — $44.36 — the second lowest for a musical.

Bringing up the rear is the $40.50 average ticket for “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The Andrew Lloyd Webber revival marked time, declining only $1,236 for the week but continuing to fall. Its final $412,091 is far under the show’s $921,776 g.p.

Biggest jump was registered by “Les Miserables,” up $44,803. Also bucking the general downward trend was “Rent,” up $32,404. The Jonathan Larson show played to 95.43% capacity.

Slightly better attendance figures came from “Aida” (99.78%), “Contact” (99.77%), “The Lion King” (101.21%) and “Kiss Me, Kate” (98.16%).

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