Pollstar continues to be regarded as the most credible source and final word for box office data. Pollstar’s rankings, which are based on data that is reported to Pollstar, are an important marketing tool for agents and venues, and talent buyers and others depend on box office histories to make informed business choices.
Pollstar received, inputted and verified more than 44,000 records, including a record-setting total gross reported of more than $10.4 billion, and 152.1 million tickets sold in 2018.
Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours totaled $5.6 billion US dollars with 59.8 million tickets sold compiled from 3,691 event records while the Top Ten of the Worldwide Tours chart surpassed $2 billion in grosses for the first time.
That is all thanks in part to Ed Sheeran who set the all-time touring record in a calendar year with an astronomical gross of $432 million. Sheeran’s 2018 tour numbers when combined with 2017 is already the third highest-grossing tour ($554.6) behind U2’s “360” ($735 m) and the Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” ($558m) tours.
Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” Stadium Tour is No. 2 on the Top 100 Worldwide tours chart, grossing $345 million and combined grosses from Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s astronomical tours gross $777.5 million making up 14% of the overall gross of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours.
Four artists, U2, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and The Rolling Stones who appear in the Top 10 of the 2018 Worldwide Tours chart also ranked in the Top 10 of 2017’s Worldwide Tours chart.
Source: Pollstar Press Release
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