this of 2012 wasn’t a band or an artist with a mega-selling album. Instead it’s Cirque du Soleil – “Michael Jackson: The Immortal,” which played 95 shows in 46 cities and sold 703,793 tickets for a total gross of $78.5 million.
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.
June 8, 2012
(Andy Argyrakis / ConcertLivewire.com)
Other acts among the top five on Pollstar’s Top 100 N.A. Tours are Roger Waterswith the former Pink Floydian selling 575,444 tickets for a final gross of$61.9 million; Van Halen’s 448,506 tickets sold resulting in a final gross of $44.9 million;Kenny Chesney selling 386,969 tickets and grossing $33.9 million; and Lady Antebellum’s 708,715 tickets sold giving the group a $30.9 million gross for Jan.-June.
Crunching the numbers, the intrepid mathematical geniuses in Pollstar’s Boxoffice Department determined that the Top 100 Tours in North America generated a combined gross of $1,125.9 million, up 1.2 percent over last year.