Beyoncé’s Formation world tour, which wrapped up on Friday 7 October, will likely become the highest-grossing tour of 2016 after taking in more than US$256 million after five and a half months on the road in North America and Europe.
The American singer’s fifth headlining solo tour, promoted worldwide by Live Nation, grossed $256,084,556 from 2.2m tickets, according to Billboard’s Boxscore chart, eclipsing Taylor Swift’s 1989, which at $250.4m was the highest-grossing tour of 2015.
Both acts sold a similar number of tickets – Swift shifted closer to 2.3m – although the all-stadium Formation did so with less shows: 49 to 1989′s 83.
Tour promoter Arthur Fogel attributes the success of the tour to Beyoncé’s “rabid, committed fanbase”
The most lucrative stop on the tour came from Beyoncé’s two sell-out dates at Wembley Stadium in London in July, which grossed a total of $15.3m from 142,500 tickets.
Tour promoter Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation’s Global Touring division, tells Billboard the success of the tour is down to Beyoncé’s “rabid, committed fanbase”.
Originally announced as a 40-date tour, the Formation trek was beefed up in May with a final US leg. Within a week of going on sale, in February, the tour had already sold close to one million tickets.
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