Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $5.2 Million From South African Shows

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Bruce Springsteen earns this week’s No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with the first box office stats reported from his new tour that launched on Jan. 26.

On the road in support of his latest album "High Hopes," released in January, the Boss opened the 2014 tour in South Africa, a country he has never visited on any of his previous tours. The opener was a three-show engagement at a 10,000-seat arena in the city of Bellville, located near Cape Town. The Bellville Velodrome hosted the tour for concerts on Jan. 26, 28 and 29 with sellout crowds at each show. Known for his three-hour performances, the rock legend’s opening night stayed true to form, beginning at 8 p.m. and running past 11. The concert included a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.
 
Following the Cape Town shows, the tour moved to the country’s largest city, Johannesburg for the first stadium date on the tour schedule. The venue was FNB Stadium, the largest soccer venue in Africa and site of the 2010 World Cup final. Springsteen played the venue on Feb. 1 with more than 55,000 in attendance for the sold-out performance. Altogether during the South African leg, the High Hopes tour grossed $5.2 million from 79,358 sold tickets at four shows. A seven-city trek through Australia and New Zealand is next on the itinerary, running through early March, and a North American leg is anticipated although not yet announced.
 
Elton John is third on the Hot Tour ranking with $2.2 million in box office revenue reported from two dates on his Diving Board tour that, following a November launch, played 21 cities in North America and Europe before the end of 2013. The tour resumed on Feb. 1, kicking off a busy 2014 schedule with a second trek through North American cities.

This week’s Hot Tours tally includes one of the shows from the tour’s first leg last November and a performance that occurred just days ago in Canada. The older date was a sold-out concert at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Nov. 16. The sold ticket count was just under 15,000 for the performance that racked up $1.1 million in sales. The recent Canadian performance was on Feb. 3 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. With a sellout crowd in attendance, the 10,500-seat arena reported a gross totaling $1.1 million.

The tour supports the 2013 release of Sir Elton’s album "The Diving Board" and will continue until early December with additional jaunts through Latin America and Europe.

This week's Rankings:

    Total Gross
    Show Dates
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
    $5,258,508
    Jan. 26-Feb. 1
    Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town (3/3)
    FNB Stadium, Johannesburg (1/1)
    79,358 (79,358)
   
2. GEORGE STRAIT
    $2,674,551
    Jan. 30-31
    SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)
    Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/1)
    31,197 (31,197)
   
3. ELTON JOHN
    $2,290,275
    Nov. 16-Feb. 3
    Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
    Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1)
    24,012 (24,012)
   
4. JAY Z
    $1,207,942
    Dec. 27
    Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
    14,533 (14,533)
   
5. BILLY JOEL
    $914,440
    Jan. 22
    Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/1)
    12,112 (12,112)
   
6. WIDESPREAD PANIC
    $716,585
    Dec. 31
    Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
    11,276 (11,276)
   
7. AVICII
    $630,136
    Jan. 27
    Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)
    8,131 (9,384)
   
8. JUSTIN MOORE
    $594,205
    Jan. 23-30
    Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/0)
    Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, Tenn. (1/0)
    Landers Center, Southaven, Miss. (1/0)
    La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. (1/1)
    18,235 (21,541)
   
9. JERRY SEINFELD
    $532,489
    Jan. 16-17
    Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis (3/0)
    7,651 (7,776)
   
10. KEITH URBAN
    $431,728
    Jan. 9
    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
    7,801 (10,041)

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