Beyonce and Jay Z Tour Will Be One Of The Most Successful Of All Time

Beyonce and Jay Z perform "Drunk in Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) | Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Jay Z and Beyonce, the well-known celebrity duo are estimated to sell over 1 million tickets on their upcoming tour together, grossing approximately $100 million. According to Huffington Post, that figure isn’t all that gigantic, comparatively, as U2, The Rolling Stones and Madonna are among the artists who’ve crossed the $400 million mark. But those numbers don’t factor in how those grosses compare to the amount of concerts per tour. When calculated under the rubric of how much each individual tour date earns, Jay and Bey are slated to embark on the second highest-grossing tour in history.

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Because On the Run comprises 20 shows — compared, for example, to U2’s 100, Roger Waters’ 219 and The Police’s 156 — the tour will gross about $5 million per show. That figure is second only to U2’s 360 Tour, which promoted the group’s 2009 album, “No Line on the Horizon,” and earned nearly $7 million per show.

Forbes’ forecast must be a relief for the Jay/Bey press camp, which hasn’t seen its best days over the past couple of months. With news of the potential disappointment in ticket sales came a bundle of rumors about the duo’s crumbling marriage. But if we really want to talk about why people might not buy tickets to On the Run, how about the fact that premium seats are going for a whopping $500 and, thanks to HBO, you can now watch Beyonce concert footage from the comfort of your living room? Oh well. Congrats, Bey and Jay. You’ve done it again.

Highest-Grossing Tours

U2 – 360 736,421,584 110 6,694,742
Beyonce and Jay Z – On the Run 100,000,000 20 5,000,000
Madonna – Sticky & Sweet 407,713,266 85 4,796,627
The Rolling Stones – Bigger Bang 558,255,254 114 3,876,773
U2 – Vertigo 389,047,636 131 2,969,829
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball 314,000,000 112 2,803,571
AC/DC – Black Ice 441,713,636 167 2,644,992
The Police – Reunion 358,825,665 124 2,580,645
The Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge 320,000,000 156 2,300,165
Roger Waters – The Wall 458,673,798 219 2,094,401

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All of the above figures come from Forbes. Head there to read more about the On the Run Tour’s grosses.

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