The ranking of the highest-grossing concert tours in Billboard Boxscore history generally lies unaltered from year to year with few, if any, changes. (Billboard’s Boxscore touring data archives stretch back to 1990.) However, 2017 saw two new entries to the all-time list by both Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses.
Coldplay jumped to No. 3 overall with a gross of $523 million from its A Head Full of Dreams Tour that wrapped in November after a run that stretched over a year and a half. A total of 5.4 million tickets were sold during the five-continent trek that launched at the end of March 2016. Staged primarily in stadiums worldwide, the jaunt included 114 sold out performances in 83 venues, 13 of which topped $10 million in sales from multiple show runs.
The top grosser from the final leg was a two-show stint in Brazil at São Paulo’s Allianz Parque stadium, No. 1 on this chart with $10.4 million in sales. With 96,549 tickets sold for shows on Nov. 7 and 8, the engagement is one of 13 during the tour that topped $10 million at a single venue.