McCartney Tops Hot Tours With $40M Gross From Japan Shows; Kanye Lands in Runner-Up Slot at $25M

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Paul McCartney dominates the final Hot Tours tally of the year, earning the No. 1 spot on the weekly recap with more than $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final leg of his Out There! tour. Following jaunts through North and South America and Europe earlier in the year,

Sir Paul closed out his world tour with a six-show run through three cities in Japan during November. Returning to the country as a touring headliner for the first time in 11 years, he kicked off the trek with two shows in Osaka on Nov. 11-12. More than 71,000 tickets were sold during the two-night run at Kyocera Dome, the city’s 50,000-seat baseball stadium. With $11.6 million in revenue, the rock legend grossed $3.4 million more than the last time he played the Osaka venue -- also two performances -- during 2002’s Driving World tour. The Out There! tour’s final shows were held on Nov. 18, 19 and 21 at the Tokyo Dome, marking another return visit for McCartney who also played three concerts at the stadium during the 2002 tour. Ticket prices topped out at $117 during the previous tour’s Tokyo run, generating $14 million at the box office from 120,000 sold tickets, but this year’s concerts included a top ticket in the $165 range. With sellouts on all three nights, the 2013 engagement grossed more than $23.4 million from 146,845 sold seats. 

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Source: Billboard

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