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Broadway Box Office: A Final Killing for ‘American Psycho,’ and a ‘King and I’ Slide

American Psycho,” one of the musicals mostly left out of this year’s Tony Awards race, got a nice boost at the Broadway box office in its final week on the boards — while “The King and I” slipped to its lowest tally ever for an eight-performance week, explaining Lincoln Center Theater’s seemingly sudden decision to shutter to production later this month.

American Psycho” ($620,083) jumped by more than 40% as the production, which earned mixed reviews and never quite caught on at the box office, finished off its run. But the closing show that really turned heads last week was “The King and I” ($483,314), which abruptly announced over the weekend that it would close June 26.

The news came as a surprise to most observers, but the downward slide taken by the production since the departure of its Tony winning star Kelli O’Hara seems the deciding factor. Despite strong notices for O’Hara’s replacement, Marin Mazzie, and her co-star Daniel Dae Kim, the Tony-winning revival just doesn’t seem able to regain its momentum.

Otherwise, there wasn’t a whole lot of notable activity at the Broadway box office last week, as the post-Memorial Day week saw an unsurprising slowdown in attendance (off by 17,000 to 274,699). Sales downgraded by about $1.7 million to $27 million for 36 shows.

Tony contenders were among the shows to hold steadiest in the face of the downward trend. “Hamilton” ($1,854,989) slipped a bit, but nobody’s worried about the week’s No. 2 show on the Top 10. “Bright Star” ($437,980) held steady but could use a boost, while “Waitress” ($981,923) slowed very slightly. Despite a decline, “School of Rock” ($1,024,700) still managed to hold onto a spot in the millionaires’ club (as did the just-opened Cirque du Soleil outing “Paramour,” weighing in at $1,024,450). New musical nominee “Shuffle Along” ($960,427) downticked, but just barely.

Heading into their final frames, plays “Blackbird” ($413,284) and “Eclipsed” ($303,940) posted gains, while “The Humans” ($457,093), the seeming favorite for the Tony for new play, reported an insignificant dip. Among  revivals, “She Loves Me” ($644,551) rose but “The Color Purple” ($578,875) downshifted.

Looking ahead, all of Broadway will be keeping its collective eye on Sunday’s Tony Awards — and on who’ll see the most box office benefit from a spotlight on the telecast.

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