The long-running musical “Wicked” has found its way to the top once again in TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, July 24. This makes four weeks in a row at number one for the award-winning production, coming in this week with a power score of 3.28.
In at number two this week was Taylor Swift (3.05), followed by another blockbuster Broadway seller, “The Book of Mormon” at three (2.87) and R&B sensation Adele at four (2.20). In at number five this week was the English Premier League’s Manchester United (1.78), the team sustaining its popularity this summer as it has participated in an off-season playing tour of the U.S. During the tour, the team will face a number of Major League Soccer teams this month as well as the MLS All-Stars and European favorite FC Barcelona> this week.
Following at number six was the week’s only other sports entry, the Boston Red Sox (1.58), with Sade with John Legend at seven (1.58), Katy Perry finishing the week at eight (1.47), Cirque Du Soleil’s Alegria at nine (1.46) and Beatles great Paul McCartney, sweeping North America this summer, at ten (1.33).
Manchester United took number one (6.74) in this week’s Top Sports rankings, followed by the Red Sox (two, 5.99), New York Yankees (three, 4.60), and FC Barcelona (four, 3.70) as it prepares for this week’s match against Manchester United. In at five were tickets for Manny Pacquiao’s (2.73) November 12 bout with Juan Manuel Márquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The secondary market continues to show strong evidence of an ongoing U.S. soccer craze, as the Philadelphia Union made it to number six (2.60) behind sales for last week’s match against top Spanish team Real Madrid (who narrowly defeated the Union 2-1). The Minnesota Twins finished the week at seven (2.52), followed by the San Francisco Giants at eight (2.50). MLS All-Stars tickets for this week’s game against Man U came in at number nine (2.48), followed by Jon Jones tickets for UFC 135 (ten, 2.17) on September 24.
This week’s Top Concert rankings were dominated by Taylor Swift (5.84), followed by Adele (two, 4.21), Sade and John Legend (three, 3.02), and Katy Perry (four, 2.83). Paul McCartney took number five (2.55), with the ’80’s nostalgia tour of Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger in at six (2.54) and U2, on their own North American sweep to make up for last year’s postponed dates, at seven (2.33). The Maroon 5 and Train tour took number eight (2.25), Elton John came in at nine (2.07) and Celine Dion’s Vegas show took her to number ten (1.99).
For the 17th consecutive week, “The Book of Mormon” took number one in the Top Broadway rankings, power scoring an impressive 29.99. “Wicked” came in at number two (16.58), followed by Cirque Du Soleil’s “Zarkana” (three, 10.72), the award winning play “War Horse” (four, 8.01), and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” (five, 6.83). “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” continues to sell well at number six (4.13), followed by “Lion King” at seven (3.91), “Jersey Boys” at eight (3.19), perennial favorite “Phantom of the Opera” at nine (2.95) and the upcoming “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at ten (1.15).
“Wicked” claimed the title of number one (16.52) in this week’s Top Theater rankings, now holding the number one spot for five consecutive weeks. “The Book of Mormon” took number two (14.44), followed by Cirque’s “Alegria” at three (7.33), fan favorite “Les Miserables” at four (5.20), “Zarkana” at five (5.16) and “Billy Elliot” at six (4.57). “Jersey Boys” took number seven (4.10), with “War Horse” following at eight (3.87), “Lion King” at nine (3.33) and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” at ten (3.29).
Celine Dion once again ruled the Top Vegas rankings, power scoring a monster 78.40. In at a very distant second was David Copperfield (6.53), followed by three Cirque Du Soleil productions: “The Beatles: Love” at three (6.35), “Ka” at four (3.33) and “O” at five (2.03). Next came “Lion King” (six, 1.39), the Blue Man Group (seven, 0.54), Cirque’s “Mystère” (eight, 0.39), Penn & Teller (nine, 0.36) and “Le Reve” (ten, 0.24).
TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork ExchangeTM, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. Since the sum of all events’ power scores equals 100 in any given category, an individual event’s Power Score represents its category-specific significance. Top Seller Power Scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category, and not across categories.