Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour: $86 Million Grossed (And Counting)

Taylor Swift and Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon
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Taylor Swift and Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon perform at Gillette Stadium on July 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

No surprise -- Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour continues to do blockbuster business.

Taylor Swift takes her 1989 World Tour back to No. 1 on this week’s roundup of Hot Tours (see list, below) for the third time since hitting the road in the U.S. in May. Fueling this top ranking are $28 million in sales from five shows at three of the tour’s 17 North American stadiums on the tour schedule, Chicago’s Soldier Field, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium.

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The two-show run on July 18-19 at Soldier Field was a return engagement for Swift who first headlined at the Chicago venue in 2013 during her Red tour. Ticket sales at the stadium rose this year with a jump in single-show attendance by 4,245 seats.

The Gillette Stadium run on July 24-25 marked the pop star’s fourth consecutive tour to play the Boston-area venue. She has sold out a total of seven concerts at the stadium since her headlining debut on June 5, 2010, during the Fearless tour. Her overall sales at Gillette lands at $33.7 million from 395,229 sold seats.

The final stadium this week, BC Place in Vancouver, also hosted the singer-songwriter during the Red tour two years ago and reported a rise in sold tickets this summer. Attendance for her Aug. 1 event was 41,463, an increase of 321 fans.

With sales stats reported by AEG Live’s The Messina Group, tour producer and promoter, Swift’s 1989 tour so far has grossed $86.2 million at 20 performances in the U.S. and Canada based on 771,460 sold seats at seven arenas and nine stadiums. 25 cities remain on the tour’s North American trek that runs through the end of October. Currently only the North American box office numbers are included in the overall counts. The tour opener in Japan on May 5-6 and an eight-show European run in June have not yet been reported to Billboard.

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Country superstar Kenny Chesney follows in the No. 2 slot with $21 million in revenue from eight stops on his Big Revival tour covering North American markets this summer. Stadium dates in Minneapolis (July 18-19), Pasadena, Calif. (July 25) and Kansas City (Aug. 1), with Jason Aldean featured as co-headliner, are part of this week’s tally along with shows at three sheds and two arenas.

The ongoing Big Revival tour that continues through the end of August has now reached $83.5 million in box office sales after 48 performances. Overall attendance has already topped the one million mark, a feat accomplished on every Chesney tour since 2003’s Margaritas N’ Senoritas tour.

Ed Sheeran claims the third place Hot Tours ranking with two sellouts at Dublin’s 82,000-seat stadium, Croke Park, on July 24 and 25. With 162,208 tickets sold during the two-night stand, the English singer-songwriter grossed an impressive $11.5 million for the event, now the seventh highest grossing concert engagement for a single headliner since the beginning of 2015.

  HOT TOURS - Aug. 4, 2015
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported July 28-Aug. 3
   
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 TAYLOR SWIFT
  $28,084,873
  July 18-Aug. 1
  Soldier Field, Chicago (2/2)
  Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. (2/2)
  BC Place Stadium, Vancouver (1/1)
  268,421 (268,421)
   
2 KENNY CHESNEY
  $21,018,546
  July 16-Aug. 1
  Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb. (1/1)
  Target Field, Minneapolis (2/2)
  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/1)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/0)
  Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (1/1)
  BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, Southaven, Miss. (1/0)
  Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, Ark. (1/1)
  Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Mo. (1/1)
  247,036 (249,555)
   
3 ED SHEERAN
  $11,590,800
  July 24-25
  Croke Park, Dublin (2/2)
  162,208 (162,208)
   
4 BILLY JOEL
  $4,481,549
  June 25
  M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore (1/1)
  39,662 (39,662)
   
5 BACKSTREET BOYS
  $2,817,784
  June 22-28
  Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (4/0)
  Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/0)
  Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)
  51,776 (53,283)
   
6 ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
  $1,858,229
  July 3-5
  Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (3/0)
  27,262 (28,333)
   
7 AEROSMITH
  $1,837,053
  July 3-7
  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/1)
  Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (1/1)
  11,656 (11,656)
   
8 JAMES TAYLOR
  $1,828,009
  July 28-31
  Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. (1/1)
  Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/0)
  Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
  23,200 (23,648)
   
9 OV7 & KABAH
  $1,198,584
  June 16-July 11
  Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/0)
  World Trade Center, Veracruz, Mexico (1/0)
  Teatro al Aire Libre Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico (1/0)
  Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)
  27,813 (42,439)
   
10 IMAGINE DRAGONS
  $1,013,603
  July 8-18
  Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/1)
  18,084 (18,909)
   

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