Hot Tours: Paul McCartney, Marc Anthony, Metallica

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Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney earns the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours chart as sellout crowds at shows in Charlotte and Philadelphia produced $7.1 million in box office grosses. Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte hosted the rock legend's Up and Coming Tour on July 28 with $2.2 million in ticket sales and 15,477 fans in the house which is the top-grossing event reported this year for the venue, and the second highest on record, based on box office stats reported to Billboard. Only The Rolling Stones, with the first concert ever held at the arena, grossed more from a single concert at the arena ($2.4 million) on Oct. 21, 2005

Also included among this week's McCartney totals are two sold out performances at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The $4.8 million in tickets is the highest gross reported this week for the tour. Attendance at the arena was 31,825 for both nights (Aug. 14-15).

Marc Anthony ranks on Hot Tours with box office totals reported from six U.S. arenas, including his 12th performance as a headliner at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The sold out performance on Sept. 10, with 14,215 in attendance, grossed $1.5 million, his second-highest gross total for a single performance at the venue. Only last year's Valentine's Day concert earned more for one show ($1.6 million). He did have a $3 million gross at The Garden in Oct. 2007 co-headlining with his wife, Jennifer Lopez, but that was the combined total for two performances.

Promoter Cardenas Marketing Network reported this week's totals which also include two sold out shows at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Sept. 17-18. A total of 22,940 tickets were sold for both nights generating $2 million in sales, Anthony's top reported gross this week. Also included in this week's tally are concerts at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. (Sept. 11), Amway Arena in Orlando (Sept. 19), the Trump Taj Mahal's Mark Etess Arena in Atlantic City (Oct. 1) and Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont (Oct. 2).

RankArtist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1
PAUL McCARTNEY
$7,143,542
July 28-Aug. 15
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (2/2)
47,302 (47,302)
2

MARC ANTHONY
$5,978,609
Sept. 10-Oct. 2
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/0)
American Airlines Arena, Miami (2/2)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/1)
Mark Etess Arena, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
67,126 (68,690)
3
METALLICA
$2,292,270
Sept. 21-22
CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand (2/0)
18,146 (18,200)
4
LADY GAGA
$1,646,434
Sept. 7
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
14,528 (14,528)
5
MILK INC.
$1,234,070
Sept. 24-25
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (2/0)
31,465 (32,368)
6

BARRY MANILOW
$1,135,082
Aug. 14
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/0)
10,533 (11,734)
7

NICKELBACK
$1,083,824
Sept. 25
Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa. (1/0)
19,436 (21,203)
8

VANS WARPED TOUR
$965,791
July 17-18
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/0)
Monmouth Park, Oceanport, N.J. (1/0)
31,458 (44,189)
9

GUNS N' ROSES
$954,877
Sept. 30
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/0)
13,557 (14,487)
10

SHAKIRA
$615,439
Sept. 28
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/0)
7,847 (10,942)