Metallica Tops $150M With WorldWired Tour

Metallica infiltrates the Hot Tours recap dated Feb. 16 at No. 3 with $10.3 million grossed from the January 2019 leg of the WorldWired tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Including the five engagements that impact this week, the tour’s total gross crosses the $150 million threshold since launching in 2016, reaching $155.9 million.

Metallica restarted their most recent North American leg on Jan. 18 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, which grossed $2.2 million, as previously reported. But they’ve since upped the ante, grossing $2.4 million at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Jan. 28, and $2.5 million at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Feb. 1. Including previous reports from Tulsa and Nashville, the limited 2019 leg has grossed $14.4 million and sold 123,792 tickets so far.

While Cleveland claims the leg’s highest gross, the Raleigh, N.C., show posted the best attendance numbers, selling 19,361 tickets. So far, the tour has sold 1,554,470 tickets in total.

The band has seven more U.S. dates on the books before a 25-city European leg this summer. These are the third legs in each continent since the beginning of the WorldWired Tour, in addition to dates in Asia and South America. This expanse mirrors Metallica’s worldwide reach throughout their career. Dating back to when Billboard Boxscore’s archives began in 1990, the band has grossed over $600 million and sold over 10 million tickets across the globe.

The tour is in support of their platinum, Grammy-nominated album Hardwired… Self-Destruct. The set was Metallica’s sixth to top the Billboard 200 chart. After debuting at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 10, 2016, the album showed remarkable longevity, returning to the top 5 on March. 25, 2017 and again on March 31, 2018.

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