Paul McCartney's One on One Tour Earns $132 Million in 2017

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Paul McCartney performs at Qudos Bank Arena on Dec. 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  

Final 2017 box-office sales totals for Paul McCartney’s One on One tour have been reported during the final days of the year, earning the rock legend the top slot on the weekly roundup of Hot Tours (see below). With $67 million in sold ticket revenue from 15 performances added to the concerts that were already reported earlier in the year, the tour’s overall gross in 2017 rises to $132 million. The trek included a total of 37 concerts from April through December with the number of sold tickets totaling 907,610 during the eight-month span.

The One on One tour covered four continents in 2017 beginning with a string of four concerts at two venues in Japan from April 25 through 30. Three of those shows were held at the Tokyo Dome and grossed $22.8 million from 143,826 sold seats. The sold out run ranks as McCartney’s highest-grossing concert engagement in 2017 but is his second highest on record at the venue, based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives. He also sold out three nights at the Tokyo stadium during his Out There tour that ran for two and a half years from May 2013 through October 2015. That three-show stint in November 2013 earned $23.4 million from 146,845 sold tickets.

This past summer the tour was booked at arenas in twelve North American markets including eight shows in the metropolitan New York City area that drew over 113,000 fans to four venues. Following in October the tour played stadium dates in five Latin American cities, four of them in Brazil.

The final leg of the tour was a sweep through Oceania in December with shows in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Australia and a finale in Auckland, New Zealand. All were stadium dates except Sydney’s two arena shows.

The One on One tour launched originally in 2016 and included two legs in North American markets as well as a trek through Europe and also Argentina. Just as he did this year, McCartney played both arenas and stadiums during the first year of the tour. He wrapped his 2016 schedule with his two appearances at Desert Trip, the $160 million grosser that featured six iconic rock acts and six performances on the Coachella festival grounds in Indio, Calif. during October.

Not all of the 2016 shows were reported to Boxscore, but based on per-show averages throughout the run, the tour is estimated to have surpassed $240 million overall in sales during it’s two-year run with about 1.8 million tickets sold worldwide.    

 HOT TOURS - Dec. 26, 2017
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 19-25
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1PAUL MCCARTNEY
 $67,566,928
 April 25-Dec. 16
 Nippon Budokan, Tokyo (1/1)
 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (3/3)
 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (2/2)
 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit (2/2)
 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (1/1)
 nib Stadium, Perth, Australia (1/1)
 AAMI Park, Melbourne (2/2)
 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (1/1)
 Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand (1/1)
 449,175 (449,175)
  
2QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
 $3,572,980
 Dec. 12-13
 O2 Arena, London (2/0)
 35,049 (36,922)
  
3THE KILLERS
 $3,021,730
 Nov. 27-28
 O2 Arena, London (2/0)
 35,629 (36,748)
  
4LITTLE MIX
 $2,924,410
 Nov. 25-26
 O2 Arena, London (3/0)
 48,030 (50,235)
  
5OZUNA
 $2,672,415
 Dec. 14-16
 Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
 American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)
 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/0)
 34,086 (35,795)
  
6JAMIROQUAI
 $2,295,730
 Dec. 3-6
 O2 Arena, London (2/0)
 29,909 (35,215)
  
7GORILLAZ
 $2,072,630
 Dec. 4-5
 O2 Arena, London (2/0)
 27,549 (29,787)
  
8KASABIAN
 $1,854,650
 Dec. 1-2
 O2 Arena, London (2/0)
 28,772 (36,078)
  
9MARIAH CAREY
 $1,525,000
 Dec. 11
 O2 Arena, London (1/0)
 15,074 (16,290)
  
10DEPECHE MODE
 $1,446,430
 Nov. 22
 O2 Arena, London 1/0)
 17,366 (19,151)
  

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