Disney’s three Broadway blockbusters, including its latest entry Aladdin, took in more than $4 million at the box office last week, which proved to be a slow one for much of the competition. Aladdin, at the company’s flagship Broadway hangout the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street, rang up $1,194,265 in sales, according to figures released this afternoon by the Broadway League, the industry trade group. Newsies, at the Nederlander Theatre, sold $812,665 in tickets. The Lion King, at the Minskoff Theatre, continued to roar as the top-grossing show in the District, selling $2,143,746 in tickets. All three shows were at or over 100% of audience capacity for the week ending Sunday. Among the other newcomers vying for Tony nominations tomorrow morning, the musical Rocky took a knockdown punch, dropping $238,855 from the week before and filling less than three-quarters of the seats at the Winter Garden Theatre. The Velocity Of Autumn, which earned great reviews for the leading performance by Estelle Parsons, struggled at the Booth Theatre, earning just 11% of its box office potential and practically giving away seats at an average ticket price of $20.77. Overall, the Broadway box office took in $31,700,749, a drop of $3,646,572 from the week before.
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