Metallica Tops $150M With WorldWired Tour

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Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica perform on day two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Oct. 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Metallica infiltrates the Hot Tours recap dated Feb. 16 at No. 3 with $10.3 million grossed from the January 2019 leg of the WorldWired tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Including the five engagements that impact this week, the tour’s total gross crosses the $150 million threshold since launching in 2016, reaching $155.9 million.

Metallica restarted their most recent North American leg on Jan. 18 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, which grossed $2.2 million, as previously reported. But they’ve since upped the ante, grossing $2.4 million at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Jan. 28, and $2.5 million at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Feb. 1. Including previous reports from Tulsa and Nashville, the limited 2019 leg has grossed $14.4 million and sold 123,792 tickets so far.

While Cleveland claims the leg’s highest gross, the Raleigh, N.C., show posted the best attendance numbers, selling 19,361 tickets. So far, the tour has sold 1,554,470 tickets in total.

The band has seven more U.S. dates on the books before a 25-city European leg this summer. These are the third legs in each continent since the beginning of the WorldWired Tour, in addition to dates in Asia and South America. This expanse mirrors Metallica’s worldwide reach throughout their career. Dating back to when Billboard Boxscore’s archives began in 1990, the band has grossed over $600 million and sold over 10 million tickets across the globe.

The tour is in support of their platinum, Grammy-nominated album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. The set was Metallica’s sixth to top the Billboard 200 chart. After debuting at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 10, 2016, the album showed remarkable longevity, returning to the top 5 on March. 25, 2017 and again on March 31, 2018.

Elsewhere on the latest tally, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, and James Taylor make early-in-the-year splashes with new dates. See below for the full recap.

 HOT TOURS - FEB. 16, 2019
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 4-11
  
 ACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
RANK 
1Elton John
 $18,942,630
 Jan. 11 - 26
 Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (1/1)
 Moda Center, Portland, Ore. (1/1)
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
 SAP Center, San Jose, Calif. (1/1)
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (4/4)
 Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
 135,106 (135,106)
  
2Guns N' Roses
 $11,340,988
 Nov. 11 - Dec. 8
 Phillipine Arena, Manila, Pillippines (0/1)
 Taoyaun International Baseball Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan (1/1)
 AsiaWorld-Arena, Hong Kong (2/2)
 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii (0/1)
 89,716 (95,813)
  
3Metallica
 $10,326,725
 Jan. 20 - Feb. 1
 Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (0/1)
 Legacy Arena at the BBJC, Birmingham, Ala. (0/1)
 PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio (1/1)
 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/1)
 89,840 (90,808)
  
4Justin Timberlake
 $8,881,772
 Jan. 26 - Feb. 4
 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1/1)
 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (1/1)
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1)
 64,731 (64,731)
  
5Fleetwood Mac
 $5,951,192
 Dec. 11 - 15
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (3/3)
 42,628 (42,628)
  
6Kelly Clarkson
 $4,764,987
 Jan. 24 - Feb. 9
 Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. (1/1)
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (1/1)
 Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
 Landers Center, Southaven, Miss. (1/1)
 78,114 (78,114)
  
7Post Malone
 $3,597,591
 Dec. 29 - 31
 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2/2)
 27,485 (27,485)
  
8Eric Church
 $3,559,805
 Feb. 8 - 9
 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn. (2/2)
 30,426 (30,426)
  
9Childish Gambino
 $2,447,306
 Dec. 16 - 17
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (2/2)
 26,673 (26,673)
  
10James Taylor
 $2,223,147
 Feb. 5 - 8
 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio (1/1)
 Thompson-Boiling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn (0/1)
 Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (0/1)
 25,429 (25,723)