Van Halen is the second highest grossing band (and third highest grossing act, overall) in North America during the first half of 2012
Van Halen played 49 shows in 47 cities.
Average number of tickets sold per show: 9,513
Average ticket price: $100.11
Total number of tickets sold: 448,506
Average gate per show: $955,319
Tour gross: $44,900,000
Lower ticket prices, a drop in the number of tickets sold and Cirque du Soleil are all factors in Pollstar’s Mid-Year Analysis.
The top-grossing act during the first six months of 2012 wasn’t a band or an artist with a mega-selling album. Instead it’s Cirque du Soleil – “Michael Jackson: The Immortal,” which played 95 shows in 46 cities and sold 703,793 tickets for a total gross of $78.5 million.
Other acts among the top five on Pollstar’s Top 100 N.A. Tours are Roger Waters with the former Pink Floydian selling 575,444 tickets for a final gross of$61.9 million; Van Halen’s 448,506 tickets sold resulting in a final gross of $44.9 million;Kenny Chesney selling 386,969 tickets and grossing $33.9 million; and Lady Antebellum’s 708,715 tickets sold giving the group a $30.9 million gross for Jan.-June.
Crunching the numbers, the intrepid mathematical geniuses in Pollstar’s Boxoffice Department determined that the Top 100 Tours in North America generated a combined gross of $1,125.9 million, up 1.2 percent over last year.
Rank Tour gross / Artist Avg Ticket Price / Avg # tickets per show / Total tickets sold /Avg gate per show /Cities/Shows /Agency
1) $78,500,000 * $111.48 15,300 703,793
$1,705,560 46/95 Cirque du Soleil- Michael Jackson: The Immortal
2) $61,900,000 Roger Waters $107.58 19,181 575,444
$2,063,469 30/33 Sensible Events
3) $44,900,000 Van Halen $100.11 9,513 448,506
$955,319 47/49 Azoffmusic Management