When John Meglen and Celine Dion’s husband and manager René Angélil first announced plans for her Las Vegas residency in 2003, the response from the music business was mostly bewilderment.
"Everybody thought we were crazy,” Meglen told Billboard in February. Las Vegas "was kind of a place you went on the downside of your career,” and many predicted the show would fail, Meglen said. Sixteen years and 1,141 performances later, Dion played the final show of her second Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on June 8. Her two residencies, A New Day (2003-07) and Celine (2011-19), combined to gross $681.3 million and sell 4,555,752 tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. They remain the two highest-grossing and best-selling Las Vegas residencies of all time.
Since launching on March 15, 2011, the Canadian icon played 427 shows of the Celine residency, earning $296.2 million and selling 1,741,175 tickets along the way. The show’s last leg, stretching from May 14 through June 8, grossed $18.9 million and sold almost 68,000 tickets, enough to rank No. 2 on the Hot Tours tally dated June 15, 2019. Split three ways, her final 16 shows impact the Current Boxscore chart at Nos. 1, 6, and 11.