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U2's 'The Joshua Tree Tour 2017': $123 Million Earned (and Counting)

(L-R) Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and The Edge of U2 perform in concert during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at NRG Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
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(L-R) Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and The Edge of U2 perform in concert during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at NRG Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Houston, Texas. 

U2 earns the top ranking on the most recent tally of Hot Tours with Roger Waters following at No. 2 based on reported box office counts from North American dates on both tours. The Irish rockers head up this week’s list (see below) with $61.5 million in sales from nine stadiums on the band’s worldwide trek to commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. Waters earns his ranking based on a $25 million gross from the first 16 shows of his Us + Them trek that debuted in May.

Following its May 12 launch in Vancouver, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 grossed $62.2 million from 10 shows at the first eight stadiums on the opening North American leg. Those concerts -- reported to Billboard in a prior week -- drew more than half a million fans. The 10 shows reported this week are the final dates on the tour’s first North American run that closed on July 1. Altogether so far, the overall gross has reached $123.7 million from 1,043,414 sold tickets at 20 concerts.

U2 has already begun the second leg of the tour, a run through European markets that began with a July 8 event at London’s Twickenham Stadium. The group will remain on the continent through Aug. 1 and then return to North America for another stint during September. A final stand in Latin America in October will round out The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 that is set to end on Oct. 22 in Brazil.

Roger Waters’ trek is composed primarily of older Pink Floyd songs and earlier solo work but also features new material from his latest album Is This The Life We Really Want?, released in June. The tour, booked in 45 cities in the U.S. and Canada, kicked off on May 26 in Kansas City and will close in Vancouver at the end of October.

The 16 concerts reported during the past week came at the first 13 arenas on the schedule. The highest gross was logged at Staples Center in Los Angeles with the only three-show engagement in this opening slate of dates. Waters played the venue on June 20, 21 and 27, logging $5.6 million in revenue from 38,003 sold seats.

The Us + Them Tour will span five months and include 61 concerts before wrapping on Oct. 29. Waters will remain stateside through the end of September, but will head north to Canada in October for a final seven-city sweep.

 HOT TOURS - July 11, 2017
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported July 4-10
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 June 11-July 1
 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami (1/1)
 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa (1/1)
 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (1/1)
 FedExField, Landover, Md. (1/1)
 Rogers Centre, Toronto (1/1)
 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. (1/1)
 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (2/2)
 FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland (1/1)
 523,766 (523,766)
 May 26-June 25
 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
 BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
 Pepsi Center, Denver (2/2)
 SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)
 Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1)
 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
 Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (3/3)
 Tacoma (Wash.) Dome (1/1)
 Moda Center, Portland (1/1)
 198,062 (198,062)
 June 26-27
 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (2/0)
 32,433 (35,156)
 May 31-June 1
 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (2/0)
 31,778 (35,213)
 June 30-July 1
 United Center, Chicago (2/2)
 27,356 (27,356)
 June 29-July 1
 Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro (1/0)
 Allianz Parque, São Paulo (1/0)
 35,054 (39,670)
 June 3-26
 Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit (1/1)
 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, N.C. (1/1)
 Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland, Pittsburgh (1/1)
 Beacon Theatre, New York (2/0)
 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago (1/1)
 Paramount Theatre, Denver (1/1)
 Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City (1/1)
 Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland (1/1)
 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver (1/1)
 San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego (1/1)
 27,580 (27,921)
 June 26-27
 Hallenstadion, Zürich (2/0)
 16,051 (19,000)
 May 25-June 17
 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (1/0)
 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago (1/0)
 Palace Theatre, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis (1/0)
 The Bomb Factory, Dallas (1/1)
 Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville (1/0)
 Louisville (Ky.) Palace (1/0)
 Forest Hills Stadium, New York (1/0)
 24,184 (26,352)
 June 2
 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (1/0)
 16,183 (17,672)