- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Box-office revenue and attendance both jumped this season on Broadway.

The Broadway League said Tuesday that grosses from May 2010 to May 2011 went up 5.9 percent from last season and attendance was up 5.4 percent from the 2009-2010 season.

The 42 shows that opened this season earned $1.08 billion and attendance reached 12.5 million. Last season, the gross was $1.02 billion and the number of theatergoers was 11.89 million.

The statistics have an asterisk next to them: To account for variances in the calendar year, a 53rd week is added every seven years and this season is one of them.

That means the latest figures are based on a 53-week season, while last year’s numbers were from a 52-week season. But this season is still ahead when the 52-week marks are compared.

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