Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Production Tops Hot Tours

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil's touring production that has been playing arenas in North America and Europe since October 2011, owns the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours tally with grosses reported from venues in Russia and Switzerland.  The theatrical concert production that features the music of the late King of Pop began its European leg last fall following a yearlong trek through North American markets. 

The tour has appeared in three Russian cities since the launch of the European trek on October 12.  The first engagement was in Saint Petersburg in November with four performances at the Ice Palace, the city's 12,000-seat ice hockey arena.  The Immortal Tour spent the rest of 2012 on the road in Germany, Austria and Spain but returned to Russia at the beginning of this year with three performances in the city of Kazan.  A run of six shows followed in Moscow at the Olimpiyskiy, an arena built for the 1980 Summer Olympics.  The Moscow shows generated more than $9.9 million (US$) in ticket revenue from over 76,000 sold seats. 

The Swiss venue that hosted Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson tour was Zürich's Hallenstadion with $2.8 million (US$) in revenue from a three-night run of shows.  The Immortal tour played at the arena on February 13-15 with attendance from all three performances surpassing 20,000. 

The Jonas Brothers land at No. 3 on Hot Tours with totals reported from the first three venues on the Latin American portion of the pop trio's world tour that kicked off last October in New York City.  Two Mexican cities are on the group's 2013 tour itinerary, and concert promoter OCESA reported gross and attendance totals from both markets this week.  More than 18,000 tickets were sold for shows in Monterrey (February 20) and Mexico City (February 22) totaling $1.2 million (US$) in gross revenue.  The first date on the South American leg of the tour was also reported to Billboard this week.  Concert promoter Evenpro/Water Brother reported totals from a performance in Caracas, Venezuela at Simón Bolívar University on February 24. 

Muse scores the No. 5 Hot Tours slot with concert box office totals reported from the North American leg of the English band's 2nd Law Tour that began in Europe last year.  Ticket sales topped $2 million from five U.S. arenas beginning with the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. on February 22.  The tour also played in Tampa and Orlando before heading to Cincinnati on February 27.  A March 4 performance at Chicago's United Center rounds out this week's recap.


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