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Box Office: ‘Phantom’ Still Kills; ‘Kinky’ Hot on Roll

'The Phantom of the Opera'
Marni Raab and Peter Joback in "The Phantom of the Opera." The musical had its third-best week of the year. Photographer: Joan Marcus/The Publicity Office via Bloomberg

Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- More than 25 years after opening, “The Phantom of the Opera” still has the power to separate tourists from their cash.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Co., the musical sold $1.2 million of tickets last week in New York. That was its best showing in four months and third-best week of 2013, according to figures from the Broadway League, the association of producers and theater owners.

In 2013, “Phantom” attendance is up 6 percent while grosses are up 16 percent, said a spokesman, Mark Thibodeau.

While the current leads aren’t well-known -- Peter Joback in the title role and Marni Raab and Mary Michael Patterson alternating as Christine -- “Phantom” shows that familiar titles remain sales leaders.

“The Lion King” sold $2.1 million last week, “The Book of Mormon” did $1.7 million and “Wicked” sold $2.1 million over 9 performances (instead of the standard eight). Broadway sales rose 1 percent to $23.3 million for the week.

Relative newbies also did well. “Matilda” set a new record, $1.3 million, while “Motown” at $1.5 million and “Kinky Boots” at $1.6 million were near records.

Unlikely to run 25 years, the revival of “Annie” slid 4 percent to $907,000, its lowest in two months. “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” also sank to a two-month low, $1.1 million.

While Julie White is winning over audiences as an insecure movie star in the role originated by Sigourney Weaver, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” also fell to the lowest since June 9. It sold $556,000.

The Beatles tribute “Let It Be” had its worst week since beginning previews last month, $366,000.

In its final week on Broadway, “The Nance” with Nathan Lane had its best showing since mid-June, selling $445,000.

Muse highlights include Jeremy Gerard on theater and Hamptons Scene.

To contact the reporter on this story: Philip Boroff in New York at pboroff@bloomberg.net. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilipBoroff

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

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