Wicked once again took first place in TicketNews’s weekly Top Combined Events rankings for the week ending July 5. “Wicked” clearly dominated the pack, power scoring a 6.47, as Paul McCartney came in a distant second with a power score of 3.92. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox both moved up two this week to claim the number three (power score 3.84) and number four (3.50) spots, respectively. The Jonas Brothers fell two slots to land at number five (3.42).
Jersey Boys also dropped two to finish at number six (2.08), with Beyonce following closely behind at number seven (2.01). The Chicago Cubs hit at number eight (1.96), U2 at nine (1.95), and Billy Elliot rounded out the top ten at number ten (1.50).
Baseball still ruled the Top Sports Events rankings this week, with half of all spots taken by MLB teams. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs all held their places from last week, coming in at one (11.84), two (10.65) and three (6.04) respectively. The Colorado Rockies entered the top ten this week in fourth place (4.15). The UFC 100 interrupted baseball’s run by taking number five (2.57), and the Philadelphia Phillies finished the rout at number six (2.19).
The Dallas Cowboys were one of two football teams this week to make the top ten in sports, moving up three to number seven (2.17), with the WWE at number eight (2.02), the Concacaf Gold Cup new on the list at nine (1.46) and the Minnesota Vikings down two to number ten (1.29).
In Concerts, Paul McCartney again beat all rivals for number one (7.96), as the Jonas Brothers closed in at second place (6.90). U2 took third (3.96), followed by Beyonce, down one to number four (3.46) this week. Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler, Elton John and Billy Joel and the Dave Matthews Band stayed strong in the top ten this week, coming in at numbers five (2.49), six (2.33) and eight (2.17) respectively. The American Idols Live tour made a return to the top ten at number seven (2.26).
The Top Theater Events category again saw “Wicked” holding court at number one, handily beating all other theater events with a power score of 37.13. “Jersey Boys” came in a respectable second (12.00), followed by the very popular “Billy Elliot” (8.95). The Phantom of the Opera was up two to take the number four (4.60) slot, and Mary Poppins moved up one to finish at number six (4.41) this week.
In Top Broadway Events, “Wicked” again took the leader position (33.26). Other top shows were “Billy Elliot” (two, 16.12), “Jersey Boys” (three, 12.35) and West Side Story (four, 7.07). The top, and only, play making the Broadway top ten this week was God of Carnage at number eight (3.02).
Bette Midler made it look easy this week, dominating the Top Vegas Events rankings with a power score of 56.91. She and Cher (20.48) maintained their first and second places of last week, with Jay Leno making a return to the list at number six (2.39). The rest of the list is mostly owned by Cirque du Soleil productions, as The Beatles: Love took third place (6.38), O was in at five (3.02), Mystere nine (1.24) and Zumanity ten (1.16).
TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales for venues from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. A Power Score illustrates a given venue’s category-specific significance. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales for a venue, and total ticket sales within the category. As such, power scores should only be used to compare venues within a particular category.