U2’s Joshua Tree Tour has wrapped up for the year with predictably mind-boggling numbers: US$316 million in revenue from 2.7 million tickets sold across 50 performances.
Sure, there’s nothing unreal about U2 punching past the quarter billion dollar box office mark. Since 2000, the Irish rock legends have finished the touring year as the box office No. 1 on four separate occasions. And their 360 tour in 2011 set the all-time standard by grossing more than $700 million. But this is different. On the Joshua Tree Tour, Bono and Co. found themselves in the extraordinary position of presenting a 30-year-old album in stadiums and festivals across four separate legs, whilst promoting the release of their next album, Songs Of Experience.
Who does that?
U2’s final run of the year was a five-city bolt through Latin America, which came to a halt at the Estádio do Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil, pulling in $32 million and now standing alone as the highest-grossing gig of 2017 by a solo headliner, according to Billboard. More than a quarter million tickets were sold for those final five dates.
— U2 (@U2) October 4, 2017