Sam Smith Wraps The Thrill of It All Tour With 1 Million Tickets Sold

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Sam Smith performs at Golden 1 Center on Aug. 24, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif.

Sam Smith spent almost all of 2018 on the road, and it paid off.

After 94 shows, Smith grossed $86.1 million and sold 1.07 million tickets on The Thrill of It All Tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The trek took him all around the globe, playing shows throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Smith maintained a worldwide average gross of $915,673 and attendance of 11,432 fans per night.

Continent – Gross; Attendance; No. of Shows

Europe - $26.1 million; 390,544; 31

North America - $36.9 million; 473,414; 41

Asia - $12.6 million; 91,768; 11

Australia - $10.5 million; 118,857; 11

Smith played the most shows and delivered the biggest haul of the trek in North America, playing 41 shows between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. But focusing his talents in Australia and Asia with a lean 11 shows in each continent, Smith averaged $1.1 million per-night in Asia and $950,000 in Australia and New Zealand, out-grossing his European and North American legs on a show-to-show basis.

Unsurprisingly, the most successful engagement of the tour was in Smith’s hometown, grossing $4.8 million over four nights at London’s famed O2 Arena. The British balladeer scored the venue’s fourth biggest engagement of 2018, only outdone by Arctic Monkeys ($5.6 million), U2 ($5.3 million), and BTS ($4.9 million). Farther from home, Smith’s Oct. 9 show at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul was the top-performing show in South Korea throughout 2018.

Smith’s expansive 2018 touring cycle pushed his career total gross to $102.7 million from 1.4 million tickets sold.


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