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Paul McCartney Breaks $100 Million Threshold in Latin America, Sells 7.5 Million Tickets Globally

Sir Paul McCartney impacts the Hot Tours list dated April 6, 2019 with $17.8 million from four South American shows, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. He returned to Buenos Aires at Campo Argentino de Polo on March 23 ($5.4 million), before heading to Sao Paolo’s Allianz Parque on March 26-27 ($8.7 million) and Estadio Major Antonio Couto Pererira in Curitiba, Brazil on March 30 ($3.7 million).

With these recent grosses, McCartney’s solo career touring total in Latin America — as reported to Billboard Boxscore — grows to $101 million. Of that total, he has earned $21.5 million in Argentina (four shows) and $47.8 million in Brazil (10 shows). His recent shows at Allianz Parque are his first double-header in Brazil and as such, become his highest-grossing engagement in the country. These dates top this week’s Boxscore chart, only the second time he has done so in LatAm, following two shows at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Nov. 25 and 27, 1993 ($6.5 million).

On a global scale, the Sao Paolo dates are McCartney’s 35th visit to the top of the Boxscore chart and his ninth highest grossing show in total. Below are the ten top grossing shows of his career (his first reported shows to Billboard Boxscore were in late 1989, shortly after his first solo tour began earlier that year), topped by three engagements in Japan.

Venue, City, State or Country – Date(s) – Gross (in millions) – Attendance (No. of Shows)

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan – Nov. 18-21, 2013 – $23.5 – 146,845 tickets (three)

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan – April 27-30, 2017 – $22.8 – 143,826 (three)

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan – Nov. 11-14, 2002 – $14.4 – 120,429 (three)

Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. – July 17-21, 2009 – $12.8 – 109,541 (three)

Estadio Unico Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina – May 17-19, 2016 – $11.8 – 97,721 (two)

Kyocera Dome, Osaka, Japan – Nov. 11-12, 2013 – $11.6 – 71,320 (two)

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill. – July 31-Aug. 1, 2011 – $10.9 – 83,988 (two)

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia – Dec. 5-6, 2017 – $9.6 – 59,002 (two)

Alliance Parque, Sao Paolo, Brazil – March 26-27, 2019 – $8.7 – 90,384 (two)

Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. – Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 2005 – $8.5 – 63,867 (four)

In total, McCartney’s global total climbs to $844.1 million and 7,581,843 tickets sold.

See below for the full Hot Tours tally, including fellow Brit Sir Elton John, John Mayer, and Kelly Clarkson.

  HOT TOURS – APRIL 6, 2019
  Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported March 25 – April 1
   
  ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
RANK  
1 Elton John
  $21,292,774
  March 2 – 18
  Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
  Barclays Center, Brooklyn (2/2)
  PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
  Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/1)
  Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. (1/1)
  BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
  Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. (1/1)
  142,427 (142,427)
   
2 Paul McCartney
  $17,789,050
  March 23 – 30
  Campo Argentino De Polo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1/1)
  Allianz Parque, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2/2)
  Estadio Major Antonio Couto Pereira, Curitiba, Brazil (1/1)
  193,933 (193,933)
   
3 Justin Timberlake
  $8,139,253
  March 13 – 25
  Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
  Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
  CHI Health Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/1)
  Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
  59,041 (59,041)
   
4 Michael Buble
  $7,293,861
  Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
  Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb. (1/1)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (1/1)
  Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (1/1)
  AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (1/1)
  60,842 (60,842)
   
5 Eagles
  $7,129,080
  March 9 – 14
  Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (0/2)
  Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia (0/2)
  39,414 (40,743)
   
6 Andre Rieu
  $6,584,795
  March 13 – 31
  Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal (7/7)
  84,717 (84,717)
   
7 Eric Church
  $5,621,318
  March 22 – 30
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (2/2)
  Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisc. (2/2)
  53,066 (53,066)
   
8 Kelly Clarkson
  $3,726,175
  March 21 – 30
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/1)
  Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind. (1/1)
  U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio (1/1)
  Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
  Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. (1/1)
  Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
  64,046 (64,046)
   
9 Red Hot Chili Peppers
  $2,721,240
  Feb. 25 – 26
  Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)
  24,074 (24,074)
   
10 John Mayer
  $2,540,902
  March 25 – 29
  Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (0/1)
  Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia (0/1)
  22,757 (23,904)

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