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‘Jersey’ jumpin’ as ‘Spamalot’ stumbles

B'way biz up from last year's tally

After two big-money weeks, Broadway biz fell off a bit for the weekend ended Sunday– but its $19,302,216 tally still came out ahead of last year’s strong showing for the same sesh.

Biggest surprise came from “Jersey Boys” ($1,002,341), surging ahead into the No. 3 slot, below perennial top earners “Wicked” ($1,310,827) and “The Lion King” ($1,157,115).

Where was top-three usual suspect “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($977,387)? Way down in the No. 6 slot, behind “The Color Purple” ($997,809) and “Mamma Mia!” ($984,265). A dip in “Spamalot’s” premium ticket sales was the culprit.

All these shows, and indeed most on the Rialto, saw a drop in grosses, particularly long-running stalwarts such as “The Producers” ($669,165) and “Rent” ($401,249).

New tuner “Lestat” ($446,414) was down, thanks to opening and second-night comps; the effect of the critical pans will be seen in the coming weeks. “The History Boys” ($573,009), though, was buoyed over $110,000 by the praise Alan Bennett’s play garnered after it opened April 23.

The well-reviewed revival of “Awake and Sing!” ($242,647) also climbed a bit, as did “Hot Feet” ($252,097), though in its heavily comped opening week. (Critics bashed “Feet” early this week, so that rising action may be short-lived.)

“Tarzan” ($384,103 for five perfs) continued to draw capacity crowds, and if Julia Roberts starrer “Three Days of Rain” didn’t quite sell out due to second-night comps, the straight play’s $955,653 take for the week doesn’t give producers much to complain about.

Ralph Fiennes starrer “Faith Healer” ($463,953) continues to do well, while legiters are watching “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($401,652) to see if its May 1 opening earns enough strong reviews to drive its B.O. up into hit territory.

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