Whereas situations slowly inch towards spring temperatures within the Western hemisphere, Oceania continues its stronghold over Billboard’s Boxscore charts as open-air stadium reveals in Australia and New Zealand proceed to ship blockbuster numbers. After Elton John led in January, Ed Sheeran picks up the mantle with the very best grossing tour of February. Based on figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, The Arithmetic Tour grossed $50.6 million and bought 475,000 tickets all through the brief month.
Sheeran performed three reveals in New Zealand (one in Wellington and two in Auckland) and 5 in Australia (three in Brisbane and two in Sydney). The quintet of Australian reveals drove a lot of his February enterprise, incomes greater than $7 million per present, in comparison with about $4 million per night time in New Zealand.
The Brisbane and Sydney runs earn Sheeran the highest two positions on High Boxscores, with a $19.2 million haul at Suncorp Stadium on Feb. 17-19, and a $18.9 million run at Accor Stadium on Feb. 24-25.
Sheeran’s three-night stint at Suncorp Stadium isn’t simply the largest of the month, it’s the largest reported boxscore within the venue’s historical past. The February reveals go U2 for the largest gross, ($19.2 million for Sheeran; $11 million for U2 on Dec. 8-9, 2010) and himself for the largest attendance.
Sheeran bought 173,000 tickets over three reveals final month, eclipsing the 104,000 tickets in two reveals in March 2018. Even taking a mean per-night attendance, forgetting the truth that he had the horsepower to promote three stadium reveals in Brisbane this time round, his 57,661 tempo improves upon 2018’s 51,872.
The Divide Tour, Sheeran’s record-setting 2017-19 tour, performed 18 reveals in Oceania, all between March 2-April 1, 2018. These earned a mixed $82.6 million and bought simply over 1 million tickets. With 4 Australian reveals left to be reported, his regional run on the Arithmetic Tour would wish to common $8 million per present. That’s a tall order contemplating the February dates balanced out at $6.3 million, however the main market reveals in Melbourne may assist push him nearer.
February marks Sheeran’s third month at No. 1, following June 2022 and April 2019. He matches The Rolling Stones and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, whereas trailing Bad Bunny (4) and Sir Elton John (seven). These 5 acts have led High Excursions for 20 of the 32 month-to-month recaps since launching in February 2019. The opposite 9 unfold between BTS, P!nk and Post Malone with two apiece, plus Backstreet Boys, Coldplay, Grupo Firme, Paul McCartney, Spice Girls and Tool.
Not solely does Sheeran observe John on High Excursions and at Nos. 1-2 on High Boxscores, the Oceania sweep continues with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Put up Malone. Their co-headline run in Australia and New Zealand logs its second consecutive month at No. 2 on High Excursions with a number of high 10 placements on High Boxscores.
The dynamic duo performed 5 continental reveals in February, unfold between Sydney’s Accor Stadium (two reveals), Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium (two) and Perth’s Optus Stadium (one). The Sydney and Melbourne engagements rank Nos. 4-5 on High Boxscores, with Perth intently following at No. 7.
The Chili Peppers set a brand new form of report of their very own. Not solely are the pop-funk-rockers at No. 2 on High Excursions, however observe at No. 6, unaccompanied by a co-headliner. The band performed three dates by itself in Asia that grossed $12.1 million.
Although it’s uncommon for an act to chart twice in the identical monitoring interval, it’s not utterly unprecedented. On the 2018 year-end charts, Jay-Z was No. 3 alongside Beyonce for the On the Run II Tour, and at No. 25 for his solo headline dates.
Two reveals from Sheeran and one other two from the Chili Peppers & Put up mix to $32.4 million at Accor Stadium, sufficient to be the top-grossing venue of the month. With Suncorp Stadium at No. 2 and Marvel Stadium at No. 4, amongst venues with capability of 15,001 or extra, it’s one other consecutive win for Australia. Suncorp was No. 1 final month, with Sydney’s different marquee stadium, Allianz Stadium, at No. 2.
On the opposite aspect of the spectrum, geographically and by way of measurement, Las Vegas headlines the ten,000-and-under vary, with Dolby Stay at No. 1 amongst venues 5,001-10k, and Resorts World Theatre amongst venues 5,000 or much less. The previous is lifted by residency reveals from Bruno Mars and the Jonas Brothers and the latter by Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.
Mexico Metropolis’s Electrical Daisy Carnival is No. 3 on High Boxscores, with a three-day haul of $16.4 million. The EDM competition returned to Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues from Feb. 24-26, taking part in host to 269,000 followers. A yr additional faraway from COVID woes, its 2023 earnings are up 73% from final yr’s $9.5 million, even bettering upon pre-pandemic runs in 2020 ($12.2 million) and 2019 ($10.5 million).
It’s the second largest competition gross in the whole franchise, trailing solely a earlier Orlando version that earned $17.1 million at Tenting World Stadium from Nov. 8-10, 2019.