(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Broadway pulled in a record haul this year at the box office, 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.