One Direction Tops Hot Tours With $26.6 Million Stadium Trek

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May 3:  One Direction performs at the stage during their presentation as part of the tour "Where We Are Tour" at Velez Sarsfield Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

One Direction caps the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the first box office grosses reported from the Where We Are tour that kicked off in late April. The boy band’s world tour supports the 2013 album "Midnight Memories" and is set to play stadiums in North and South America and Europe during a span that runs just over five months. The first run of shows kicked off in Colombia on April 25 and covered six countries in South America through May 11. Latin American concert promoter T4F has reported ticket sales data from performances in four cities, beginning with a two-night stint in Chile on April 30 and May 1. The pop group performed to sellout crowds at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional, grossing $7.6 million from more than 87,000 sold tickets. Two concerts in Buenos Aires followed on May 3 and 4 at the Estadio Vélez Sársfield with 80,622 tickets purchased for both shows.

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On May 8 the Where We Are tour made its first appearance in Brazil, selling out a performance at Rio de Janeiro’s Parque dos Atletas with 40,087 fans in attendance. The outdoor park and concert site, also known as City of Rock, was the location of last year’s Rock in Rio Festival. One Direction wrapped its South American jaunt with a two-night stand in Sáo Paulo, logging a sold ticket count of 102,792 at the Estádio do Morumbi for concerts on May 10 and 11. The group grossed $9.4 million from both sold out performances, the highest gross for a single headliner at a South American venue this year, based on ticket sales data reported to Billboard. The tour is currently on the road in Europe until mid-July and will began a North American leg on August 1.

Country legend George Strait earns the No. 2 Hot Tours ranking with $8.1 million in revenue reported from three of the final venues on his Cowboy Rides Away tour that is set to wrap on June 7 in Dallas. This week’s tally includes sales totals from arena dates in Des Moines, Iowa and Tulsa, Okla. along with his stadium performance in Foxboro, Mass. Various support acts have joined Strait’s farewell tour during its final leg, all of them headliners in their own right. The April 18 concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and the following night’s performance at Tulsa’s BOK Center both featured Ronnie Dunn as the opener. The lineup for Strait’s performance at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro included Tim McGraw and Faith Hill along with newcomer Cassadee Pope. The sold out event on May 31 drew 55,863 fans, grossing just over $5 million. Only two shows remain on the tour, an arena performance in Hidalgo, Texas, on June 5 and the star-studded finale at the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on June 7.

Pearl Jam lead vocalist Eddie Vedder claims the No. 5 slot on Hot Tours with box office sales reported from solo concerts in two Brazilian cities. Three performances in Sáo Paulo’s Citibank Hall drew more than 11,000 fans on May 6, 7 and 8, and Rio de Janeiro’s Citibank Hall reported more than 5,200 sold tickets for shows on May 11 and 12. Ticket sales from both venues topped $2.4 million. Vedder was originally booked to perform only three concerts in Brazil but had to add an additional show in each city. He is set to make another solo appearance on July 18 during the Super Bock Super Rock Festival in Meco, Portugal. Pearl Jam will be on the road in Europe during the summer months as well, headlining concerts and making festival appearances through July 11. In October the band will headline during both weekends of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as a string of arena dates in U.S. cities. 

Weekly .com Boxscores - June 4, 2014

Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

April 30-May 11
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (2/2)
Estadio Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires (2/2)
Parque dos Atletas, Rio de Janeiro (1/1)
Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil (2/2)
310,825 (310,825)

April 18-May 31
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. (1/1)
89,136 (89,136)

May 17-27
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (3/3)
52,033 (52,033)

April 26-27
Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (2/0)
25,465 (25,538)

May 6-12
Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (3/1)
Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro (2/0)
16,739 (16,958)

May 22
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
14,346 (14,346)

April 24-May 31
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu (1/0)
CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/0)
Arvest Ballpark, Springdale, Ark. (1/1)
Trustmark Park, Pearl, Miss. (1/1)
39,471 (40,928)

March 13
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
15,726 (15,726)

May 2-9
Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro (1/0)
Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/0)
Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas, Buenos Aires (1/0)
Estadio Monumental, Santiago (1/0)
18,811 (31,305)

May 1-6
Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/0)
Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/1)
Luna Park, Buenos Aires (1/1)
16,682 (16,894)


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