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Box Office: ‘Matilda’ Jumps as Cumming’s ‘Macbeth’ Falls

'Matilda'
Milly Shapiro and Karen Aldridge in "Matilda." Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

June 4 (Bloomberg) -- In the last full week before Broadway’s Tony Awards, the musical “Matilda” made a run at the box office against its main rival, “Kinky Boots.”

“Matilda” sales jumped 5 percent to a best-ever $1.2 million, according to figures released by the trade association the Broadway League. “Kinky Boots” dropped 2 percent to $1.3 million.

Many on Broadway regard the Tony race for new musical as too close to call.

Overall, Broadway sold $23.3 million of tickets in the week June 2. That’s down 9 percent from the previous week, which included Memorial Day weekend.

The revival of “Annie” dipped 18 percent to $800,000, its worst week since Jane Lynch stepped into evil Miss Hannigan’s shoes on May 14. She leaves the show on July 14. Producers were hoping sales would spike with the celebrity in the role.

Still going strong, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez and Trey Parker’s “The Book of Mormon” sold $1.7 million.

Critically unloved one-person plays dropped to new lows. Holland Taylor’s “Ann,” about Texas Governor Ann Richards, fell 19 percent to $195,000. “Macbeth” with Alan Cumming lost 18 percent to $287,000. Either would benefit from a cameo by musical Mormons.

Standing-room only “Lucky Guy” with Tom Hanks grossed $1.3 million. Likewise, “Motown” sold $1.4 million. Bette Midler continued packing them in as agent Sue Mengers. “I’ll Eat You Last” sold $748,000.

Other shows playing to near capacity included “Pippin,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” still thriving after 25 years.

The Tonys are on Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall, broadcast by CBS. Neil Patrick Harris hosts.

Muse highlights include Richard Vines on dining and Amanda Gordon’s Scene.

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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