Justin Timberlake resumed his Man of the Woods tour after having to wrap up 2018’s shows early. (Getty Images)
Justin Timberlake makes a stand among this month’s top-grossing Hot Tickets, landing on the chart with the first four sold-out performances from the 2019 leg of his Man of the Woods tour.
With a string of 40 performances booked through April 13, the trek kicked off for the year in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4 at Capital One Arena. The concert, ranked fourth among shows at venues with capacities over 15,000, drew 16,621 fans with a gross surpassing $2.5 million.
The pop star’s Charlotte performance at Spectrum Center on Jan. 8 is his highest-ranked event among the four, topping his D.C. opener by $5,684 to claim the third slot on the chart behind Phish’s four-show run up to New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden in New York and rapper Travis Scott’s two-night stint at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Timberlake also scores at Nos. 6 and 7 with concerts at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 6 and Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Jan. 10. The Man of the Woods jaunt launched in March of last year and has racked up $160.4 million in ticket sales so far from 81 concerts in North America and Europe. The total number of sold tickets totaled 1,262,228 as of his Atlanta performance Jan. 10.
The tour’s opening leg was a 12-week stretch through U.S. and Canadian cities that ran from March 13 until June 2, 2018. He returned to North America for a second sweep through 13 cities before wrapping for the year early on Oct. 22 because of bruised vocal cords. Initially the tour was planned to run until mid-December, wrapping for the year just before the holidays.
Between the two North American runs in 2018, he took the tour across the pond and played in 18 cities in Europe between July 3 and Aug. 29. London’s O2 Arena produced the largest attendance on either continent during the first year of the tour, drawing 35,322 fans to the venue on July 9 and 11. The record attendance at a North American venue on the tour is 33,587, set on Sept. 28-29 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
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Electronic dance music artist Kaskade ranks No. 3 on the slate of Hot Tickets at venues in the 5,001- to 10,000-capacity category with his third consecutive New Year’s Eve bash at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The 2018 concert earned just over $1 million at the box office from a sellout crowd of 8,863. The annual event by the Chicago-born DJ, produced by Bay Area-promoter Another Planet Entertainment, has earned $3.3 million from four sold-out performances (the 2017 event stretched over two nights) with a total sold ticket count of 34,528.
The Kaskade show also earns Bill Graham Civic Auditorium the No. 7 position on Top Stops in the same size category, but grabbing No. 1 is Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Manhattan venue takes the top ranking based on a sold ticket count of 64,760 from 20 performances of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” that occurred during the Dec. 16-Jan. 15 eligibility period. The production actually ran for a total of 30 shows during the holiday season, from Dec. 13 through 30.