Box-office revenue jumps on Broadway to $1.14B

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by Laura Matovina

NEW YORK (AP) -- Broadway's box offices pulled in a record haul this past season, netting $1.14 billion even as attendance stayed mostly flat.

According to figures released Tuesday by the trade group The Broadway League, Broadway shows yielded $1,139,311,457 in grosses -- or 5.4 percent more than last season -- and total attendance reached 12,334,312.

The season began May 30, 2011, and ended May 27, 2012.

In comparison, the previous season's 52-week period pulled in $1.08 billion in grosses and had 12.3 million in attendance. The League last year also offered data for a 53rd week to account for variances in the calendar year, and that total yielded $1.08 billion and 12.53 million tickets sold.

This season, 40 new shows opened: 14 musicals, 23 plays and three specials.

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