Though the album didn’t sell as well as I thought it would (only 521,000 copies in the US, but hey, it’s certified Gold!), Madonna sure did make up for it with her MDNA Tour.
According to Billboard Boxscore, the tour has made a total of $305,158,363 with 2,212,345 in attendance over 88 shows. The show kicked off on May 31 in Israel before ending on December 22, 2013, visiting Asia, North America, and Europe.
The tour’s final box office tally is just the right amount to place it at #10 on the all-time in tours list, just between the Rolling Stones’ Licks tour of 2002-2003 ($311 million) and their Bridges To Babylon tour of 1997-98 ($274 million).
This is Madonna’s second time in the Boxscore Top 10. 2008-2009’s Sticky & Sweet tour was third all-time at $408 million, the highest ever for a solo artist. Her 2006 Confessions tour came in at $194 million.
The tour also serves as the singer’s second tour under her 10-year multi-rights deal with Live Nation, which was signed in 2007, and is her fifth tour with Foguel, a run that marks the Material Girl’s ascent into the elite ranks of touring artists and in arguably makes her the top touring female artist of all time. Take a look at what was said below:
“It seems like I have said this a number of times following Madonna tours — five times to be precise: the overwhelming global success of the ‘MDNA’ tour proves yet again that Madonna is the greatest female touring artist. As this tour takes its place as one of the most successful in history, I can’t help but enjoy the fact that it is the millions of fans who determine that. Thank you to [Madonna manager] Guy Oseary and the entire staff and crew of ‘MDNA.'”