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July Fourth weekend means fizzle at B.O.

July 4 — on a weekend — with great weather meant box office disaster for many Broadway shows.

The best that can be said for last week’s overall performance is that the numbers were still better than they were a year ago. Receipts fell 11.94%, compared with 13.01% in the 2003 frame, as 30 shows brought in $14,740,905, down $1,998,168 from the previous session.

There was a very brief list of shows that saw improvement. Those hits include the battling buddies “Avenue Q” ($461,805) and “Wicked” ($1,142,867), which registered respective blips of $3,364 and $7,512.

“The Lion King” ($1,163,349) needed it the least but grew the most, up $13,421. In its penultimate week, “A Raisin in the Sun” ($659,001) rose $9,881 to set yet another house record at the Royale.

Tactical retreat

The producers of “Marc Salem’s Mind Games” ($18,244) had the good sense to avoid the July 4 weekend altogether, with only one perf last week, June 28. Receipts upticked $2,275 for that one performance.

In previews, “After the Fall” ($241,215) and “The Frogs” ($419,222) did their first full week of eight perfs, seeing respective increases of $82,974 and $106,472.

Otherwise, it was pretty awful biz. Never a good sign: The granddaddy of Broadway, “The Phantom of the Opera” ($559,572), dropped $95,205 and still made the top 10.

No fewer than nine shows registered six-figure drops. A few of those were under the top 10, where there’s much less room for a plunge. Those productions include “Movin’ Out” ($554,652), “42nd Street” ($530,077), “Fiddler on the Roof” ($495,752), “Wonderful Town” ($336,602), “Little Shop of Horrors” ($291,960) and “Rent” ($266,411).

Falling more than 30% from the previous week, “Fiddler” and “Town” put in their lowest-grossing weeks to date. Dollarwise, “Mamma Mia!” ($755,804) took the biggest hit, off $257,407 — a 25.4% decrease.

Under the top 10, declines of $50,000-plus afflicted “Aida” ($553,277); “Chicago” ($443,668); “Caroline, or Change” ($347,043); “Frozen” ($133,773); “I Am My Own Wife” ($189,541); “Jumpers” ($184,024); and “Sly Fox” ($285,936), which dropped $96,532.

“Sight Unseen” ($259,853) held the damage to $8,393. Off $36,813, “Golda’s Balcony” ($99,916) saw its receipts sliced by 26.9%.

Event programming

Off Broadway producers announced new offerings that were neither play nor musical.

Send in the clowns: “Slava’s Snowshow” will get its Gotham premiere Sept. 8 at the Union Square Theater. Previews will begin Aug. 24. Producers are David J. Foster and Ross Mollison, by arrangement with Slava and Gwenael Allen.

Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique” returns to New York as the inaugural production at the new Dodger Stages. Previews will begin Aug. 31.

The aquatic extravaganza used a 500-gallon water tank for its premiere at HERE in 1998. This time, “Symphonie Fantastique” will be performed in a 1,000-gallon tank.

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