‘Color Purple’ tops modest sales

Road Grosses

NEW YORK — The road’s annual downturn continued another 5% in week 16 (Sept. 10-16) — pretty good, considering that the recently departed “Chicago” earned more than 5% of last week’s total. The 13-show slate is already recovering with a total of $11,809,531.

Chicago fixtures “The Color Purple” and “Wicked” both saw an upturn this week, and “High School Musical,” in Toronto, continued to climb.

“Avenue Q” and “Jersey Boys” played successful nine-perf weeks in L.A. and Sacramento, respectively, boosting the slate a little more.

For the third week, “Wicked’s” first company was the highest-grossing show on the slate, this time in its first week in Boston with $1,525,288.

Estimates for last week:

BOSTON
Wicked (M-1st Co.) Opera House ($88; 2,592, $1,632,600) (9/12/07-11/11/07).
PW, $1,702,327, in Philadelphia
Last (1st) wk, $1,525,288.

CHICAGO
The Color Purple (M-2nd Co.) Cadillac Palace Theater ($122; 2,344, $1,316,444) (5/1/07-OE).
PW, $462,818.
Last (21st) wk, $596,303.

Wicked (M-2nd Co.) Ford Center ($82; 2,243, $1,224,272) (6/24/05-OE).
PW, $835,547.
Last (117th) wk, $924,331.

CLEVELAND
The Lion King (M-1st Nat.) The State Theater ($75; 2,944; $1,504,800) (8/2/07- 9/9/07).
PW, $982,943.
Last (7th) wk, 3 perf, $387,877.

LOS ANGELES
Avenue Q (M-1st Co.) Ahmanson Theater ($90; 1,613; $805,950) (9/6/07-9/9/2007).
PW, $558,941.
Last (2nd) wk, 9 perfs, $754,045.

Wicked (M-3rd Co.) Pantages Theater ($85; 2,703, $1,633,691) (2/10/07-OE).
PW, $1,309,341.
Last (32nd) wk, $1,327,617.

MEMPHIS
The Lion King (M-1st Co.) The Orpheum Theater ($85; 2,398; $932,677) (8/23/07-9/16/07).
PW, $1,063,312.
Last (4th) wk, $1,157,481.

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
Jersey Boys (M-2nd Co.) Community Center ($80; 2,446; $1,480,827) (9/5/07-9/23/07).
PW, $870,285 (5 perf).
Last (2nd) wk (9 perf), $1,479,704.

SALT LAKE CITY
Monty Python’s Spamalot (M) Capital Theater ($75; 1,876; $910,680) (9/3/07-9/9/07).
PW, $747,797.
Last (2nd) wk, $738,970.

SAN FRANCISCO
Mamma Mia! (M-2nd Co.) Civic Theater ($79; 2,197; $1,305,097) (8/28/07-9/9/07)
PW, $496,062.
Last (2nd) wk, $628,653.

Jersey Boys (M-3rd Co.) Curran ($99; 1,599; $1,002,688) (12/3/06-OE).
PW, $800,849.
Last (42nd) wk, $742,770.

SYRACUSE, N.Y.
The Phantom of the Opera (M) Crouse-Hinds Theater ($73; 2,018; $733,628) (9/11/07-10/7/07).
PW, $1,172,343/C$1,073,023 in Ottowa.
Last (1st) wk, $598,517.

TORONTO
High School Musical (M-1st Co.) Princess of Wales Theater ($75/C$82; 1,978, C$1,001,578/$948,284) (9/5/07-9/23/07).
PW, $712,909/C$751,905.
Last (2nd) wk, C$891,992/$866,012.

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