Hot Tours: No. 1 Tour Spot for One Direction with $7.7M; Jackson’s Immortal Passes Stones On All Time Top 10 List at $325M

One Direction

One Direction earns the week’s No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with the most recent box office grosses reported for its Take Me Home tour. After earlier stops in in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan, the bulk of this week’s revenue comes from Melbourne, the final market on the group’s five-week trek through Australia and New Zealand during September and October. The English/Irish boy band played eight shows at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena (Oct. 2-3, 16-17, 28-30), garnering $7.7 million in ticket sales. The attendance count from the Melbourne market was just under 95,000 for all performances. Also included in this week’s tally are two dates from the pop group’s summer jaunt through North American cities. Sold out concerts in Miami and Philadelphia from June accounted for a $2 million take.

Luke Bryan ranks second on the Hot Tours recap with more than $8 million in sales reported from 12 dates, including eight shows dubbed the Farm Tour. With sellout crowds at outdoor concert sites primarily in Bryan’s home state of Georgia, the Farm Tour celebrates the American farmer and gives back to the local community in the form of scholarships to students within farming families. This was his fifth Farm Tour and included shows from Oct. 2 through Oct. 12. The following week, Bryan’s Live Nation-produced Dirt Road Diaries tour kicked back into full swing with arena and shed dates in Little Rock, Nashville, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.

Third among this week’s list of 10 top-grossing tours is Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour with $6.9 million (US$) in sales from the final date on a six-city swing through Australia and New Zealand (Sept. 18 through Nov. 3). Auckland’s 12,000-seat Vector Arena was the final venue on the Oceania leg of the tour that originally launched in October 2011 and included tour legs in North America, Europe and Asia. With ticket sales added from the Auckland run, the touring production has now topped $325 million in ticket sales from 407 performances, moving it up a slot to No. 9 on Billboard’s list of the top 10 tours of all time. Getting bumped to No. 10 is the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge tour that grossed $320 million during a 13-month jaunt in 1994-95.


Weekly .com Boxscores - Nov. 6, 2013




Total Gross

Show Dates

Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)

Total Attendance (Capacity)




June 14-Oct. 30

American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/1)

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (8/0)

123,122 (126,041)




Oct. 2-26

Perry’s Field, Statesboro, Ga. (1/1)

Wild Wind Farm, Athens, Ga. (1/1)

Culler Farms, Columbia, S.C. (1/1)

Midway at Central City Park, Macon, Ga. (1/1)

V-Plex, Villa Rica, Ga. (1/1)

Ingram Farms, Auburn, Ala. (1/1)

Tallahassee Automobile Museum, Tallahassee, Fla. (1/1)

Valdosta Wake Compound, Valdosta, Ga. (1/1)

Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (2/2)

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (2/2)

Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/1)

216,698 (216,698)




Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (8/0)

58,507 (67,168)




Sept. 9-Oct. 22

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/0)

Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City (4/0)

106,176 (110,720)




Aug. 10-Oct. 26

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/0)

Foro Sol, Mexico City (1/0)

74,609 (76,002)




Oct. 17-25

Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix (1/0)

Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (1/1)

MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0)

FedExForum, Memphis (1/0)

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/1)

85,311 (93,718)




Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/0)

Amway Center, Orlando (1/1)

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)

43,159 (43,839)




Oct. 26-29

Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)

28,332 (28,332)




Oct. 21-22

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (2/2)

36,906 (36,906)




Oct. 11-26

Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (2/0)

Poliforum, León, Mexico (1/0)

Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes, Mexico (1/0)

Teatro al Aire Libre Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico (1/0)

Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Querétaro, Mexico (1/0)

Auditorio Siglo XXI, Puebla, Mexico (1/0)

35,208 (52,894)