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Coldplay Surpasses Madonna for No. 5 Highest Grossing Tour of All Time

Coldplay has passed Madonna to claim the No. 5 highest grossing tour of all time, according to ticket sales data reported to Billboard Boxscore.

The British band’s continuing A Head Full of Dreams Tour has now grossed $412 million, pulling ahead of Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, which earned $408 in revenue in 2008 and 2009.

The all-time highest grossing tour remains U2’s 360 Tour, which tallied a massive $736.4 million during its run from 2009 through 2011.

The A Head Full of Dreams Tour launched in March of 2016 at La Plata’s Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in Argentina. It is currently on a short break until it picks up on Aug. 1 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The trek is slated to end on Nov. 15 at the same venue where it started: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.

The tour earned $104.9 million of its total $412 million sum from its 2017 European tour that covered 13 markets on the continent.

With the grosses reported from Europe, the band easily secures the No. 1 ranking on Billboard’s weekly recap of top-grossing Hot Tours (see list, below). The summer run through Europe included 20 sold out performances at 13 stadiums. A total of 1,194,236 tickets were purchased from the opening night in Munich (June 6) through the final stop on this summer’s European leg — a massive three-night stint in Paris on July 15, 16 and 18.

The Paris concerts, held at the national stadium of France, racked up sales totaling $19.8 million, making the three-show run the highest-grossing concert engagement of 2017, based on reported Boxscores. From all three shows, the Live Nation-produced event amassed a sold ticket count of 235,611.

Although the Paris sales total is the highest of 2017 for Coldplay or any other artist, it is not this tour’s top gross. Four concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium during last summer’s first European leg is still the highest earner with $28.8 million from almost 304,000 sold seats on June 15-16 and 18-19, 2016.

The A Head Full of Dreams Tour kicked off almost 16 months ago on March 31, 2016 in Argentina, the first date on a seven-city run through Latin America. The first European leg followed beginning on May 24 through the first week of July. The third leg covered American markets from July 16, 2016 through early September. An Oceania trek in December and a stretch through Asian markets in April of this year preceded the second European stint this summer.

 

HOT TOURS – July 25, 2017
Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported July 18-24
Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 COLDPLAY
$104,921,470
June 6-July 18
Olympiastadion, Munich (1/1)
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France (1/1)
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna (1/1)
Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany (1/1)
HDI-Arena, Hannover, Germany (1/1)
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw (1/1)
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (2/2)
Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden (2/2)
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt (2/2)
Stadion San Siro, Milan (2/2)
Croke Park, Dublin (1/1)
Principality Stadium, Cardiff, U.K. (2/2)
Stade de France, Paris (3/3)
1,194,236 (1,194,236)
2 CELINE DION
$30,831,193
June 23-July 15
GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands (1/1)
First Direct Arena, Leeds, U.K. (1/1)
Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux, France (1/1)
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France (2/2)
AccorHotels Arena, Paris (4/4)
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France (1/1)
Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland (1/1)
226,622 (226,622)
3 TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL
$8,019,270
July 7-23
TD Garden, Boston (2/2)
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif. (1/1)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/1)
89,102 (89,102)
4 SHAWN MENDES
$5,709,589
July 6-19
Moda Center, Portland (1/1)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
KeyArena, Seattle (1/0)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/0)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/0)
Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
Pepsi Center, Denver (1/0)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
112,178 (114,047)
5 PAUL MCCARTNEY
$4,349,788
July 15-19
CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
25,090 (25,090)
6 BILLY JOEL
$4,035,981
July 14
Progressive Field, Cleveland (1/1)
32,833 (32,833)
7 NEIL DIAMOND
$3,306,191
June 15-17
Madison Square Garden, New York (2/0)
27,303 (31,488)
8 JAMES TAYLOR
$2,666,101
July 11-15
Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh (1/1)
29,406 (29,406)
9 BRUNO MARS
$1,947,649
July 15
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
16,556 (16,556)
10 ROD STEWART
$1,777,235
July 9-18
Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Amphitheater (1/0)
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y. (1/1)
20,714 (20,836)

 

 

Source; Billboard

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