The 19-show tour, which starts tonight in Miami, was rumored to have disastrous sales. Some tabloids even hypothesized (or inaccurately reported) the elevator fight between Solange and Jay-Z was some sort of bizarre stunt to get ticket sales up again – or was the reason the shows weren't selling out. How a fight in an elevator would accomplish either of these is beyond us.
However, Live Nation has revealed ticket sales are close to $100 million for the entire tour, a staggering amount when one considers how few shows the power couple are performing in.
While $100 million wouldn't even crack the top 20 for total gross, the per-show average of about $5 million is the second-best of all-time, only behind U2's 360 Tour. The rock band's world tour grossed almost $7 million per show and holds the record for total gross with over $730 million.
The On The Run tour's per-show average will beat the likes of the Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour, U2's "Vertigo" tour, and Madonna's "MDNA”"tour. That said, Beyonce and Jay-Z hand selected large arenas for the extremely limited tour; their competitors played 100 shows or more.
Will other artists follow the trend of shorter tours? We sure hope not – the world-sprawling tours end up being the only way some fans can see their favorite stars, especially the ones that live far from giant arenas. Beyonce and Jay-Z's tour is something of an aberration... but they can afford it: they're Beyonce and Jay-Z.