Elton John's Grand Return to Las Vegas a Hits & Glitz-Filled Celebration
Elton John's Grand Return to Las Vegas a Hits & Glitz-Filled Celebration

Sir Elton John, who is in his sixth decade of touring, take the No. 1 slot on Hot Tours this week with $2.7 million in box office grosses reported from two stops on his Greatest Hits Tour, currently on the road in North America through the end of April. Before beginning a slate of U.S. concerts in early March, John played a two-show run in Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional on March 2 and 3, drawing 19,000 fans. Ticket sales totaled more than 19.7 million pesos ($1.5 US$) at the Mexican capitol city's 9,600-seat national auditorium. The first U.S. date to be reported from the tour's final North American leg was a performance at Orlando's Amway Center on March 10. The show grossed more than $1.2 million at the box office with over 14,000 in attendance. The Greatest Hits tour kicked off in February of 2011, playing markets worldwide throughout last year and the beginning of this year. Following the current U.S./Canada trek, the legendary entertainer will return to Europe for dates booked in June and July.

Box office grosses from two U.S. arenas give the No. 2 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours recap to Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, the music and dance touring show from Cirque du Soleil. With 22,256 in attendance for concerts at Jacksonville's Veterans Memorial Arena (March 7-8) and Raleigh's RBC Center (March 10-11), the ticket sales total from four performances was $2.2 million.

Following in third place on this week's top 10 list is Guatemalan Grammy-winner Ricardo Arjona with a combined gross of $1.7 million from two nights at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot. Located in the San Juan suburb of Hato Rey, the 18,500-seat arena hosted the Latin music star on March 2 and 3, drawing sellout crowds for both concerts. The total number of sold tickets for the two-show run was 26,973. Arjona's Metamorfosis World Tour launched in January in Mexico and will be playing North American markets through the end of March. A Latin American leg will follow in April, and a concert is booked in Costa Rica in August.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 ELTON JOHN
$2,779,958
March 2-10
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/0)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
32,965 (34,471)
2 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
$2,281,397
March 7-11
Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (2/0)
RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C. (2/0)
22,256 (33,542)
3 RICARDO ARJONA

$1,752,646
March 2-3
Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (2/2)i
26,973 (26,973)
4 BLAKE SHELTON
$1,678,368
Feb. 26-March 11
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
Spokane Arena, Spokane. Wash. (1/1)
KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (1/0)
Rose Garden, Portland (1/1)
35,660 (37,083)
5 ROXETTE
$1,621,670
Feb. 14-24
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/0)
16,625 (16,969)
6 LADY ANTEBELLUM

$1,235,800
March 9-11
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)
26,389 (26,389)
7 ERIC CHURCH

$854,805
March 8-10
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1)
ASU Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. (1/1)
Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
23,943 (23,943)
8 THE BLACK KEYS
$649,567
March 7
TD Garden, Boston (1/1)
13,428 (13,428)
9 CELTIC THUNDER
$504,444
Feb. 11
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (1/0)
3,688 (4,176)
10 JACKIE EVANCHO
$499,542
Feb. 22-26
Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego (1/0)
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/0)
William Saroyan Theatre, Fresno, Calif. (1/0)
6,002 (7,567)

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