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Broadway box office slides during holiday week

Twenty-four running productions posted losses at the box office.

Hiran Abeysekera as Pi and puppeteers Fred Davis, Scarlet Wilderink and Andrew Wilson as Richard Parker in “Life of Pi” (Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

During the July 4 holiday week — despite most productions keeping a steady eight-performance schedule — Broadway’s box office took a hit.

With fewer shows up and running following the July 2 closing date of “Fat Ham,” “Leopoldstadt,” “Prima Facie” and “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” the overall grosses fell under the $30 million mark for the first time this season. Notably, 24 running productions posted box office decreases.

For the week ending July 9, the 30 productions running grossed $28,859,591, down 14%. Capacity was at 86%, down 3%.

The three highest-grossing productions were “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “Hamilton.”

Twelve productions played to at least 95% capacity, while five played to 70% or less. “A Beautiful Noise” and “Once Upon a One More Time” had the least full audiences at 56% and 51%, respectively.

For the second consecutive week, “New York, New York” posted its lowest gross since previews. The musical earned $630,461, down 18%, and played to 70%, down 6%.

“Some Like It Hot” had its lowest-grossing week since April 30. The musical earned $796,507, down 13%, and played to 71% capacity, down 8%.

Meanwhile, entering the final weeks of its run, “Life of Pi” earned $501,283 in its highest-grossing week since May 21. The production played to 87% capacity, up 7%.

“The Cottage” began previews on July 7. “Back to the Future” and “Here Lies Love” remained in previews.