Madonna has taken in $50 million from the first three weeks of her MDNA tour. And with 70 more shows left, the Material Girl is on track to gross more than $450 million from ticket sales alone. This will make her current tour one of the most successful of all time.
"This is one of the biggest tours we have seen … ever," one concert promoter told me. "She is playing some of the biggest venues around the world and selling them out ... It’s putting other summer tours, including J.Lo's first tour, to shame. What is so impressive about these numbers is she’s playing far fewer shows than previous tours by the Rolling Stones, Cher and Lady Gaga, and grossing more."
U2 holds the current record for the top-grossing tour for its 2009-2011 360° tour, when the band played 110 shows and grossed $736,421,586.
The No. 2 record is held by the Rolling Stones, who grossed $558,255,524 in 2006-2007 with the Bigger Bang tour, involving 144 shows. AC/DC stands at No. 3 for the Black Ice world tour, from 2008 to 2010. It appears that Madonna might soon knock AC/DC off that spot.
The first 14 MDNA tour concerts all sold out, leading to the massive hauls below.
May 31, Tel Aviv, Israel: $4,339,876
June 3-4, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: $8,053,500
June 7, Istanbul: $6,219,598
June 12, Rome: $2,835,542
June 14, Milan: $5,624,570
June 16, Florence, Italy: $4,252,680
June 20-21, Barcelona, Spain: 3,893,274
June 24, Coimbra, Portugal: $3,156,022
June 28-30, Berlin: $3,679,378
July 2, Copenhagen, Denmark: $2,980,465
July 4, Gothenburg, Sweden: $4,510,807