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Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country Tour Has Now Earned More Than $65 Million

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Luke Bryan performs onstage during the 'What Makes You Country' tour stop at Dodger Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Thanks to the latest Billboard Boxscore reports from Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country tour, the country superstar lands at No. 3 on the newest Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Oct. 13, 2018, behind mainstays Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. With 23 new shows reported in, Bryan's tour adds $31.1 million to his tour's earnings, bringing the trek’s full gross up to $65.5 million since beginning on Feb. 16 at the JPH Arena in Springfield, Mo.

While most of the tour has Bryan playing to packed North American arenas, 11 shows so far have been carved out as “XL Stadium Sized” dates, playing baseball and football stadiums. With the help of additional support in the form of breakout country star Sam Hunt, Bryan has packed in no less than 35,000 fans in major markets like Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles (where he became the first country act to headline Dodger Stadium, on July 28), and the greater New York area.

The most successful date so far was the June 2 show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where Bryan grossed $3.9 million from 46,057 tickets sold. But while that show narrowly claims the title of the tour’s top grossing show, his date at Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High was the tour’s top attended show with 51,756 tickets sold. 

The tour follows the release of What Makes You Country on Dec. 8, 2017. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming Bryan’s fourth No. 1 on the all-genre chart and his eight chart-topper on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

With five dates still left to report, Bryan has already handily surpassed the $41.6 million of 2017’s Huntin’, Fishin, and Lovin’ Every Day Tour, large in part to the expanded stadium portion. The What Makes You Country Tour will close with an XL show at Detroit’s Ford Field on Oct. 26, 2018.

 HOT TOURS - OCT. 13, 2018
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Oct. 2-7
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
1Ed Sheeran
 July 10 - Aug. 12
 Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden (0/2)
 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (0/1)
 Olympiastaion, Berlin (0/3)
 D. Live Open Air Park, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (0/2)
 Trabennbahn Bahrenfeld, Hamburg, Germany (0/1)
 Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland (0/2)
 Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria (2/2)
 PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland (0/2)
 874,388 (887,683)
2Taylor Swift
 Sept. 8-29
 Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. (1/1)
 The Dome at America's Center, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La. (1/1)
 NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (1/1)
 269,143 (269,143)
3Luke Bryan
 July 14 - Sept. 21
 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1)
 Great Jones County Fair, Monticello, Iowa (0/1)
 Target Field, Minneapolis (0/1)
 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/1)
 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (1/1)
 Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, Ark. (1/1)
 CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (0/1)
 Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo. (0/1)
 Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, N.Y. (0/1)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (0/1)
 Saratoga Springs Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (0/1)
 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/1)
 Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo. (0/1)
 Sprint Center, St. Louis, Mo. (0/1)
 Wrigley Field, Chicago (1/1)
 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (0/1)
 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (0/1)
 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas (0/1)
 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, S.D. (1/1)
 Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, Billings, Mont. (1/1)
 Big Sky Brewery, Missoula, Mont. (1/1)
 Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, Idaho (0/1)
 USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (0/1)
 439,905 (474,249)
4Jennifer Lopez
 Sept. 25-29
 Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (0/4)
 19,989 (20,030)
 Sept. 29-30
 Toyota Center, Houston (2/2)
 31,587 (31,587)
 July 17-25
 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (2/2)
 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (2/2)
 34,657 (34,657)
7David Byrne
 Aug. 5 - Oct. 3
 CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canadaigua, N.Y. (0/1)
 Fox Theater, Oakland, Calif. (2/2)
 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (1/1)
 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn (2/2)
 Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia (0/1)
 BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham, Ala. (0/1)
 27,647 (38,786)
8Keith Urban
 July 8-22
 CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canadaigua, N.Y. (0/1)
 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (0/2)
 27,046 (28,192)
9Ricardo Arjona
 Sept. 27-30
 Estadio Ester Roa, Concepion, Chile (0/1)
 Ruinas Huanchaca, Antofagasta, Chile (0/1)
 Pista Atletica, Santiago, Chile (0/1)
 29,966 (80,641)
10Vance Joy
 Sept. 8-24
 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (1/2)
 Barton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (2/2)
 Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia (0/2)
 Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia (2/2)
 42,977 (46,720)