Broadway box office takes a dive

Holiday, post-Tony closings cause slowdown

The usual Fourth of July slowdown coupled with the recent post-Tony closings of three productions helped contribute to the steepest July 4 dip at the Broadway box office since 2004.

Cume fell around $1.6 million to $18.8 million for 30 shows reporting (or $19.7 million including “Young Frankenstein estimates). In 2004 the street’s tally fell by nearly $2 million, to $14.7 million for 30 productions.

The star-spangled holiday rarely lights up the Rialto, which never seems to outpace fireworks as the frame’s main attraction.

In the past few years, however, the traditional stumble has proved less dramatic — and in fact, the slowdown didn’t hit too hard for most individual productions currently running.

But since that softening was compounded by the loss of coin from three productions that closed June 29 — “Curtains,” “Top Girls” and “Sunday in the Park With George” — the week-to-week difference looks more extreme.

Shows that managed to buck the downward trend included “Wicked” ($1,518,261), “Mary Poppins” ($954,086), “South Pacific” ($874,602), “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($657,859) and “Avenue Q” ($324,376).

Largest decline of the week was seen by “Gypsy” ($810,137), down by about $95,000, although that revival’s sales remained healthy. “Legally Blonde” ($701,302) was off by $85,000.

More alarmingly, tuner “Passing Strange” ($176,067) slowed by nearly $70,000, losing 28% compared to biz the prior week. “A Catered Affair” ($244,651), set to close July 27, slid 18%.

Joining the fray, small-scale musical “[title of show]” ($69,299) played its first three perfs.

Otherwise, the downturn did not prove a major one at many box offices.

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