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B’Way houses maintain pace

'Aida,' 'Contact,' 'Beauty' boosting box office

Broadway saw few sizable B.O. swings in either direction as the week closed at $15,048,090, an increase of $577,526 — or 3.99% — over the previous session.

Of the 36 shows now playing, only 14 declined. Most of those registered tiny downticks, the most significant being the $29,251 drop for “Fosse” and the $22,040 dip for “Saturday Night Fever.”

‘Contact’ clicks

“Aida” fell a mere $1,613 to close at $750,280 against a $808,554 gross potential. It’s capacity of 96.84% was the week’s fifth highest, topped only by “Beauty and the Beast” (97.85%), “True West” (97.48%) “The Lion King” (101.19%) and “Contact” (98.97%).The latter dance show kicked up another $45,327 to close at $572,075 on a gross potential of $656,080. It’s average ticket went for $67.72. “Cabaret” printed the only ticket averaging more: $68.62. “True West” inched toward its $300,202 g.p., gaining $5,022 to close with $284,083.

Some other bigger B.O. bumps included the $51,527 gain for “Beauty and the Beast.”; $62,598 for “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan,” which ended the session with $309,908 on a gross potential of $506,971; and $45,282 for “James Joyce’s The Dead.” The latter tuner, in its closing week of performances, took in $162,269 against a gross potential of $451,168.

‘Party’ struggles

Despite a week of heavily comped previews, “The Wild Party” registered a $15,736 gain over the previous session, taking in a final $291,799 vs. a gross potential of $588,499.

“Rose,” another newcomer, rose $2,214 to finish with $143,133 against a $329,980 g.p.

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