Box Office: ‘Spider-Man’ Dangles as Sales Keep Falling

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"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" at Foxwoods Theatre.

Broadway’s $75 million “Spider-man” is dangling precariously from its delicate web.

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” posted its worst sales to date, down 8 percent from the previous week, which itself was a new low since previews began in Nov. 2010.

The musical, with songs by Bono and The Edge of U2, sold $731,000 of tickets, according to the trade association the Broadway League. That’s far below its estimated weekly expenses of $1 million and suggests the show has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars over four consecutive weeks of six-figure sales. (Beginning yesterday, the producers said Justin Matthew Sargent replaced Reeve Carney, the original Peter Parker and Spider-Man.)

The Jewish New Year played havoc with other stragglers. “Annie” fell to $468,000 and “Cinderella” to $650,000 -- new lows for both and short of half of their potential. “Annie” closes on Jan. 5, 2014.

“Soul Doctor,” about the folksy Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, descended into the dreaded five figures, $98,000, 16 percent of its sales potential.

In its first full week of previews, “Big Fish,” directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman about a dying dad and angry son, sold a solid $583,000 for seven performances. “Romeo and Juliet,” which opens Thursday night, took in $472,000, up 7 percent.

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Kate Baldwin and Norbert Leo Butz in "Big Fish" at the Neil Simon Theatre.

And “The Glass Menagerie,” which stars Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto and opens next week, rose 46 percent to $466,000.

Muse highlights include Jeremy Gerard on theater and Patrick Cole on music.

To contact the reporter on this story: Philip Boroff in New York at pboroff@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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