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George Strait Passes Milestone Attendance Mark With Recent Las Vegas Shows

George Strait
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George Strait performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2019 in Las Vegas.

George Strait continued his Strait to Vegas residency at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with two chart-topping shows on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The double-header grossed $4.2 million and sold 31,556 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, bringing Strait to the pole position on both the latest Current Boxscore chart and the Feb. 15-dated Hot Tours recap (see below).

It’s Strait’s 21st time atop the Current Boxscore chart, dating back to a July 7, 1990 concert at The Summit in Houston, Texas. There, the country legend earned $287,000 on a quaint $21 ticket. (His recent Vegas shows’ cheapest seat was $50.)

The Strait to Vegas residency is ongoing since launching on April 22, 2016. Over the course of nearly four years, Strait has grossed $67.8 million and sold 469,741 tickets at the T-Mobile Arena. He has played a total of 28 shows throughout the residency, two at a time and usually separated by a three-to-four month break in between.

The success of his most recent two-show stint lifts Strait’s career total past 10 million tickets sold, to 10,031,222 – as reported to Billboard Boxscore. He becomes the 16th artist in Boxscore history to pass the diamond threshold in total attendance, the eighth soloist, and only the second country artist to do so, joining Kenny Chesney (15,511,123 tickets) in the elite club. His total gross climbs to $539.2 million from 744 reported performances.

Strait also hits No. 5 on the Boxscore chart with a show outside of his Vegas residency, earning $2.7 million on Jan. 24 at Kansas City’s INTRUST Bank Arena.

See below for the full Hot Tours tally, featuring Ricky Martin, Slipknot, and Madonna.

 HOT TOURS - FEB. 15, 2020
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 4 - 10
  
 ACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
RANK 
1George Strait
 $6,873,311
 Jan. 24 - Feb. 1
 INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (0/2)
 45,998 (46,519)
  
2Andrea Bocelli
 $4,608,829
 Dec. 11 - 15
 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (0/1)
 Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (0/1)
 25,425 (27,625)
  
3Madonna
 $2,930,802
 Jan. 12 - 23
 Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon, Portugal (6/6)
 15,493 (15,493)
  
4Ricky Martin
 $2,725,143
 Feb. 7 - 9
 Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (0/3)
 31,927 (34,085)
  
5Michael Buble
 $2,685,360
 Feb. 7 - 8
 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (0/2)
 23,010 (23,719)
  
6Slipknot
 $1,513,101
 Jan. 17 - 18
 Utilita Arena, Newcastle, England (0/1)
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/1)
 22,379 (22,613)
  
7Tool
 $1,299,920
 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga. (1/1)
 11,751 (11,751)
  
8Tedeschi Trucks Band
 $960,860
 Jan. 17 - 25
 Chicago Theatre, Chicago (3/4)
 13,970 (14,212)
  
9Pitbull
 $681,267
 Feb. 7 
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (0/1)
 9,911 (10,151)
  
10tobyMac
 $680,755
 Jan. 30 - Feb. 1
 Ford Park Event Center, Beaumont, Texas (0/1)
 Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, Fla. (0/1)
 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. (0/1)
 17,845 (20,227)