The first leg wrapped Dec. 3 in Memphis.
The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour exploded in 2005, moving 1.2 million tickets and ringing up $162 million in grosses from 42 North American shows on the tour's first leg. The first leg wrapped Dec. 3 in Memphis, and the second leg begins Jan. 10 in Montreal.
Stones tour producer Michael Cohl, who typically waits until a tour's conclusion before reporting box office figures, released the numbers this week, too late for inclusion in Billboard's year end Boxscore charts.
Even so, the Stones were second for the year to U2's Vertigo tour, which was the top-grossing trek of 2005, according to figures from Billboard Boxscore published in the Dec. 24 issue of magazine.
Vertigo reported grosses of $260 million and drew more than 3 million people to 90 concerts, all of which were sell-outs. Vertigo will resume in March, having sold another 750,000 tickets to stadium shows in Mexico, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
But the Stones will be playing stadiums in Europe for most of next summer and A Bigger Bang could well end up being the top-grossing tour of all time.