Coldplay's 'Head Full of Dreams' Trek on Track to Become One of the Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours Ever

Coldplay
Julia Kennedy

Coldplay

The trek could earn nearly $500 million in ticket sales.

Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour is on its way to becoming one of the top 10 highest grossing tours of all time.

The trek, which is scheduled to wrap in October, could near $500 million in ticket grosses (based on gross averages from ticket sales data reported to Billboard Boxscore so far).

Worldwide grosses from the tour now total $308 million from 68 sold out performances on five continents since the tour began on March 31, 2016 in Argentina. More than 3.1 million fans have seen the show. The tour has been set primarily in stadiums, although 12 arenas were included during the North American jaunt last summer – and more are on tap this year.

Currently the highest grossing tour on record is U2’s 360° Tour (2009-2011) that earned $736 million during its run. The No. 10 highest grossing tour is The Rolling StonesVoodoo Lounge trek (1994-1995) with $320 million in sales. A Head Full of Dreams will surpass the latter total early this summer and land higher in the mix by the tour’s finale.

Coldplay recently wrapped the first 2017 leg of the tour – a nine-show run through six Asian markets that racked up $56 million in revenue. Those ticket sales figures, reported during the past week, earn the band the top ranking on the latest tally of top-grossing Hot Tours (see list below).

A two-show stint at Singapore’s National Stadium on March 31 and April 1 kicked off the trek through the Far East that stretched for three weeks. With $12.5 million earned at the venue from 102,508 sold seats, the Singapore run is now the highest grossing two-night engagement since the tour began. It is also the second highest gross overall with only London’s Wembley Stadium logging a higher sales total from four shows last June.

Two more markets in the region hosted the tour for two performances. The band performed at the HSR Taoyuan Plaza in Taiwan on April 11 & 12, and shows were held on April 15 & 16 at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium. The Tokyo Dome was the final stop on the trek that ended on April 19.

Coldplay will kick off its summer schedule on June 6 at Munich’s Olympic Stadium, the first of 20 European stadium dates booked through July 18. The tour’s final swing through North America begins on Aug. 1 in the New York City market and will wrap in San Diego on Oct. 8.

Three of the U.S. stadiums will host the tour for a third performance during this year’s final stretch. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Chicago’s Soldier Field and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. each sold out two concerts during last year’s North American leg and are booked again this year.

  HOT TOURS - May 16, 2017
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported May 9-15
   
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 COLDPLAY
  $56,307,920
  March 31-April 19
  National Stadium, Singapore (2/2)
  SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Manila (1/1)
  Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok (1/1)
  HSR Taoyuan Plaza, Taipei, Taiwan (2/2)
  Olympic Stadium, Seoul (2/2)
  Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1/1)
  414,255 (414,255)
   
2 TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL
  $6,076,102
  April 20-29
  North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum (1/1)
  Birmingham (Ala.) Jefferson Convention Complex (1/1)
  Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
  Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
  Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (1/1)
  73,674 (73,674)
   
3 IRON MAIDEN
  $5,424,036
  April 22-May 2
  Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/1)
  König-Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany (2/1)
  Festhalle, Frankfurt (2/2)
  Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg (1/1)
  73,424 (75,616)
   
4 ERIC CHURCH
  $2,750,987
  May 11-13
  Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
  Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center (1/1)
  Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
  40,392 (40,392)
   
5 JOHN MAYER
  $1,897,257
  April 19-22
  Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
  T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/0)
  22,570 (27,835)
   
6 LUKE BRYAN
  $1,623,862
  May 5-6
  Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (2/2)
  30,272 (30,272)
   
7 RADIOHEAD
  $1,619,275
  April 17-18
  Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley, Calif. (2/2)
  17,044 (17,044)
   
8 THE WEEKND
  $1,554,350
  April 25
  Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
  15,856 (15,856)
   
9 GREEN DAY
  $1,483,865
  March 1-4
  Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix (1/1)
  El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas (1/0)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  30,987 (31,960)
   
10 DEF LEPPARD
  $1,443,863
  April 22-May 2
  Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. (1/1)
  Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Amphitheater (1/1)
  16,961 (16,961)
   
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