Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour Has Earned Over $40 Million (So Far)

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Justin Bieber performs at the 2016 Purpose World Tour at Staples Center on March 20, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Justin Bieber makes his third Hot Tours appearance (see list, below) since launching the Purpose World Tour and his first turn at No. 1 on the weekly slate of top-grossing tours. For this recap, $14.5 million in revenue was reported by promoter AEG Live, based on 145,841 sold seats at 10 performances in eight arenas. The highest gross among these venues came from the Chicago market with $2.9 million in sales logged at the Allstate Arena. The two-show run on April 22-23 is the most successful at the box office among venues that hosted the tour for two performances. Only Staples Center in Los Angeles has booked the tour for three nights during the North American jaunt. That engagement (March 20-23) racked up $4.3 million from 41,445 sold seats.

On the road in support of Purpose, his latest album released in November 2015, the pop star kicked off the North American leg of the tour on March 9. As of the end of April, his overall sales from the trek top $40.5 million from 29 concerts. Attendance is logged at 404,496 so far based on sellouts at 25 arenas.

Bieber’s run through U.S. and Canadian markets will continue into July and is set to wrap with a two-night stint in New York City on July 18 and 19. The tour’s second leg will cover 33 European markets and is booked from late August through the end of November.

Paul McCartney scores the No. 2 ranking on Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from two dates on his One on One trek that launched on April 13. His top grosser, a sellout at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., earned $2.2 million at the box office. The April 30 performance, with 15,317 fans in attendance, was the rock legend’s first concert ever in the city. Two nights later he played the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., marking his inaugural concert in that market as well. From 10,746 sold seats, he grossed just over $2 million at the sold out event.

Country touring giant Kenny Chesney follows at No. 3 with the opening night performance of his Spread the Love Tour that kicked off at Auburn (Ala.) University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium on April 23. The concert, with a box office take of $4.1 million from 48,423 sold seats, was the first of 13 stadium dates booked through August. Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion joined Chesney for the event that capped Auburn’s Music and Miracles Superfest, a benefit for cancer and hunger relief.

Along with the stadiums, Chesney will also include a host of outdoor amphitheaters and summer festivals on the trek through U.S. markets that is set to wrap on Aug. 27.

  HOT TOURS - MAY 3, 2016
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported April 26-May 2
   
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 JUSTIN BIEBER
  $14,528,135
  April 12-29
  Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/2)
  Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (2/2)
  Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
  Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
  Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
  145,841 (145,841)
   
2 PAUL MCCARTNEY
  $4,318,334
  April 30-May 2
  Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
  Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. (1/1)
  26,063 (26,063)
   
3 KENNY CHESNEY
  $4,140,740
  April 23
  Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala. (1/0)
  48,423 (50,430)
   
4 MARC ANTHONY
  $3,015,117
  April 10-20
  Movistar Arena, Santiago (2/0)
  Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires (1/0)
  DirecTV Arena, Buenos Aires (1/0)
  Orfeo Superdomo, Córdoba, Argentina (1/0)
  35,851 (52,339)
   
5 JOHN MELLENCAMP
  $2,855,259
  April 1-23
  Brady Theatre, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
  WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okla. (1/1)
  Juanita K. Hammons Hall, Springfield, Mo. (1/0)
  Adler Theatre, Davenport, Iowa (1/1)
  DECC Symphony Hall, Duluth, Minn. (1/1)
  Lied Center, Lawrence, Kan. (1/1)
  Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield, Ill. (1/1)
  Emens Auditorium, Muncie, Ind. (1/1)
  Keith-Albee Theatre, Huntington, W. Va. (1/1)
  Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (1/1)
  Capitol Music Hall, Wheeling, W. Va. (1/1)
  Warner Theatre, Erie, Pa. (1/1)
  The Bushnell, Mortensen Hall, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
  Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine (1/1)
  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, N.Y. (1/1)
  Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y. (1/1)
  35,441 (35,898)
   
6 JOURNEY & SANTANA
  $1,833,576
  April 13-15
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/0)
  Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
  18,452 (19,173)
   
7 TOBYMAC
  $1,684,788
  March 31-April 10
  AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/1)
  CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
  Bell County Expo Center, Belton, Texas (1/1)
  Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas (1/0)
  United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas (1/1)
  INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
  Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb. (1/1)
  UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
  I Wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/1)
  60,876 (61,512)
   
8 SIMPLY RED
  $1,634,330
  March 9-10
  Movistar Arena, Santiago (2/0)
  25,642 (26,184)
   
9 ELTON JOHN
  $1,138,065
  March 23
  Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
  11,270 (11,270)
   
10 BLACK SABBATH
  $1,020,320
  April 25
  Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (1/1)
  9,623 (9,623)
   
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