Pink Turns 'Trauma' Into Triumph With the Top Grossing Tour of March

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Pink performs on stage at Perth Arena on July 3, 2018 in Perth, Australia. 

Elton John led Billboard’s inaugural Monthly Boxscore series in February, but Pink immediately breaks up the boys’ club with the second North American leg of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour in March. She grossed $30.1 million across 15 dates between March 1-30, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, more than enough to log the month's highest-grossing tour.

Pink also played 15 shows during March of last year, debuting the tour at the Talking Stick Resort Casino in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 1, 2018. She earned $32.1 million in March 2018, out-grossing her 2019 run by a mere 7%. The 2018 North American leg went on to gross $100 million, followed by a $80.4 million run in seven markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Through her March 30, 2019 performance at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., the Beautiful Trauma World Tour has grossed $210.5 million. This makes it the highest-grossing run of Pink’s career, already ahead of her 2013-14 The Truth About Love Tour ($183.1 million). With close to 50 dates left in North America and Europe, the trek will likely finish north of the $250 million mark.

After placing silver to John’s gold in February, KISS remains at No. 2 ($26.2 million), while John is at No. 4 with $23 million, dipping a scant 2% from his February grosses (he played one fewer show in March). Mumford & Sons rounds out the top 5, though they claim the honor of the month’s most-attended tour, having sold 278,780 tickets. Pink, KISS and Ed Sheeran are the only other acts to sell over 200,000 in March.

Despite taking top honors on the Tours chart, none of Pink’s individual engagements rank among the month’s top 30 boxscores. Her tour consistently played single-night arena engagements, while March’s Top Boxscores chart is filled with multiple-night runs and stadium shows. She came closest when she pulled in $2.578 million on March 9 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. That show falls $168,359 short of cracking the top 30, though it would have been enough to be No. 20 in February.

Record-Breaking Boxscores: George Strait rules the Top Boxscores chart for March with Nos. 1-2, his only two shows of the month. His March 17 performance at the NRG Stadium in Houston grossed $12.7 million. Combined with his March 30 show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, he has the month’s No. 3 tour, an especially notable accomplishment given that the other acts in the top 5 all played more than 10 shows. In fact, the only other act among the top 30 tours to play as few shows in March as Strait is Billy Joel, at No. 26 with $7.3 million from two shows. Strait's Houston stadium concert broke the venue’s single-night attendance record, at 80,108 tickets.

Aside from Strait’s pair of U.S. shows, the Top Boxscores chart is dominated by international concerts. Paul McCartney (Argentina; Brazil), Maroon 5 (Taiwan; Singapore), and the Eagles (Australia; New Zealand) all chart with multiple entries in multiple countries.

The Eagles (Nos. 8, 19-20, 25) and Eric Church (Nos. 27-30) each have four entries on the Top Boxscores chart, more than any other act.

Notably, the only rap acts to hit this month’s Boxscores chart are Eminem, (No. 10), Bad Bunny (No. 21), Drake (No. 23), and Post Malone (No. 26) and all four do it outside of the mainland U.S. Eminem grrossed $6.1 miollion at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, while Bad Bunny’s Cardenas-promoted engagement was a three-night stay at San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico, grossing $3.7 million from March 8-10. Drake and Post both toured Europe, with Drake grossing $3.5 million in three nights at Paris’s AccorHotels Arena and Post earning $3.4 million over two nights at London’s O2 Arena. While he doesn’t appear on the Top Boxscores chart, Travis Scott does rank No. 10 on Top Tours, with $15.7 million from the final 14 North American dates of the Astroworld - Wish You Were Here Tour.

Bonus Fun Fact: The letter E is 3.8% (1 of 26) of the English alphabet. Acts beginning with the letter E account for 43% of the Top Boxscores chart. Ed Sheeran (Nos. 7, 15), the Eagles (Nos. 8, 19-20, 25), Eminem (No. 10), Elton John (Nos. 14, 18), and Eric Church (Nos. 27-30) collectively account for almost half of the top 30.


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