When U2 broke the all-time tour gross record in Brazil on April 10, the second performance of a three-night stand at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, the band entered history in dazzling fashion.
The three-show total was $32,754,065, according to Billboard Boxscore, the third highest gross ever reported. The Sao Paulo engagement is topped only by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 10 nights at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in 2003 ($38.6 million) and the Spice Girls' 17 shows at the O2 Arena in London in the winter of 2007-08 ($33.8 million), according to Boxscore.
As Billboard.biz first reported on April 8 , U2 surpassed the previous record gross of the Rolling Stones Bigger Bang tour of 2005-2007 ($558 million) in Brazil and the tour now officially sits at $580,454,299 gross and 5,570,560 in attendance from 85 shows since June of 2009, according to Boxscore. They'll finish up Magnetic Hill in Moncton, N.B., on July 30 at more than $700 million gross and 7 million in attendance, producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring, projects.