New Cirque du Soleil Show Is Michael Jackson 'On Steroids'
New Cirque du Soleil Show Is Michael Jackson 'On Steroids'

Soaring to the top of the Hot Tours rankings is Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, a touring production featuring the music of the King of Pop. $27 million in box office grosses from 30 performances were reported during the past week giving the music and dance spectacular the No. 1 slot among the 10 top-grossing tours. The touring show's 2012 schedule kicked off on Jan. 3 in Boise, Idaho at Taco Bell Arena, the only venue with a single performance among the 13 arenas included in this week's tally. The remaining 12 buildings all hosted the tour for multiple performances. Of the markets that brought in the show for three nights, Los Angeles produced the top gross with $3.8 million at Staples Center on Jan. 27-29. Houston, Oakland, San Jose and Denver also logged tickets sales from three-show runs. Indianapolis topped the ticket sales counts among the markets with two performances. With a crowd of 13,975 in attendance for shows on Feb. 24-25, Indy's Conseco Fieldhouse racked up $1.7 million in ticket sales. Other cities with double performances were San Diego, Anaheim, Sacramento, New Orleans, St. Louis and Tulsa.

For the second week in a row, Rod Stewart ranks second among the Hot Tours with box office grosses from his concert tour through Australia in February. Sellouts on two nights (Feb. 14-15) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre produced $3.8 million in ticket sales revenue from 20,150 sold seats. Following Stewart at No. 3 is Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli who also grossed $3.8 million at the box office with ticket sales counts from two arena performances. The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. hosted the famed classical artist on Feb. 10 and 14 respectively.

Four of the top 10 tours feature country music headliners with major arena tour outings during the first quarter of the year. Leading the pack is Jason Aldean with the No. 4 ranking based on sales from sold out concerts in six arenas. The largest crowd was at the UNI-Dome, a multi-purpose sports arena on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Almost 21,000 tickets were sold at the venue on Feb. 18. Following at No. 5 is Eric Church with grosses from 10 arenas reported from his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. The North Carolina native's top attendance was 15,003 from a sold out performance on Feb. 18 at the Greensboro Coliseum in his home state. Blake Shelton lands at No. 6 with $2.2 million at the box office, and Miranda Lambert takes the No. 8 ranking with $1.3 million in ticket sales.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
$27,085,671
Jan. 3-Feb. 25
Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (1/0)
Pepsi Center, Denver (3/0)
Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento (2/0)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (3/0)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (3/1)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (2/0)
Honda Center, Anaheim (2/0)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (3/0)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (2/0)
Toyota Center, Houston (3/0)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (2/0)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (2/0)
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (2/0)
239,914 (314,529)
2 ROD STEWART
$3,866,074
Feb. 14-15
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney (2/2)
20,150 (20,150)
3 ANDREA BOCELLI

$3,840,252
Feb. 10-14
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/0)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
23,142 (24,214)
4 JASON ALDEAN
$3,636,945
Feb. 16-25
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/1)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa (1/1)
Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala. (1/1)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
BancorpSouth Center, Tupelo, Miss. (1/1)
81,425 (81,425)
5 ERIC CHURCH
$3,048,402
Jan. 26-Feb. 25
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. (1/1)
Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Ind. (1/1)
Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Ga. (1/1)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. (1/1)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury, Md. (1/1)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, Mich. (1/1)
Wolstein Center, Cleveland (1/1)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1/1)
87,157 (87,157)
6 BLAKE SHELTON

$2,281,355
Feb. 16-25
The Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights, Ky. (1/1)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Va. (1/0)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/1)
Sovereign Center, Reading, Pa. (1/1)
Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/0)
47,959 (49,147)
7 DRAKE

$1,581,834
Feb. 17-27
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/0)
23,727 (24,097)
8 MIRANDA LAMBERT
$1,301,894
Feb. 16-19
Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. (1/0)
Giant Center, Hershey, Pa. (1/1)
Covelli Centre, Youngstown, Ohio (1/1)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/0)
29,368 (31,525)
9 COLDPLAY
$1,120,610
Dec. 21
O2 World, Berlin (1/0)
14,660 (14,991)
10 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
$941,103
Dec. 16
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (2/0)
17,686 (18,318)