Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience finished its run at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the show’s third-best gate receipt total on its North American tour, earning $3.28 million for eight shows (September 25-28). The total was third only to the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, which finished with $3.3 million in gross ticket revenue over 10 shows, and New York’s Madison Square Garden, which finished with $4.8 million in gross ticket revenue over 12 shows.
The four-day, eight-show run averaged over $407,000 per show, in which all eight shows were sold-out performances. It also set the venue record for the highest grossing family show in the nine-year history of the venue. Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience has played 48 North American markets so far.
“Staples Center along with our partners at AEG Live were incredibly honored and proud to host eight sold-out shows of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience for the first time in Los Angeles,” said Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager of the Staples Center, in a statement. “We host over 250 events each year, and I must say Walking with Dinosaurs is truly one of the most unique and educational shows we have ever hosted, and we have received nothing but positive feedback from those who were lucky enough to experience one of the shows this past weekend.”
To date, over 1.5 million people have seen the show in cities across the US and Canada since the tour opened in July 11, 2007 in Tacoma, WA. The tour has grossed more than $70 million overall. Another 90,000 people have purchased tickets for future dates.
The show is based on the award-winning BBC television series in which 15 roaring, snarling “live” dinosaurs mesmerize the audience. Ten species are represented from the entire 200-million-year reign of the dinosaurs. The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution, complete with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place, which led to the demise of many species.