TicketNews has released its Top Events rankings for the week ending Sunday, July 10, and this week Wicked held onto the first place position for a second straight week, power scoring a 4.20.
In at number two was popular crossover artist Taylor Swift (3.18), followed by another Broadway blockbuster, The Book of Mormon at three (3.12). Coming in at number four was U2 (2.01), currently making the rounds of North America with dates postponed from last year when lead singer Bono injured his back. At number five (1.90), Paul McCartney stayed strong in the rankings as he prepares to kick off his North American tour at Yankee Stadium next week, with the tenants of the Stadium, the New York Yankees, following at number six (1.80). Next came the tours of Sade with John Legend (seven, 1.78) and Katy Perry (eight, 1.57), the Boston Red Sox (nine, 1.55) and Britney Spears with guest Nicki Minaj (ten, 1.24).
Baseball dominated this week’s Top Sports rankings, with MLB teams taking seven of the ten spots. First in line were the New York Yankees with a power score of 7.66, followed by the Boston Red Sox (two, 6.60) and the San Francisco Giants (three, 3.95). The Philadelphia Phillies had strong enough secondary ticket sales to take number five (3.12), with the Minnesota Twins at six (3.10), the Milwaukee Brewers at seven (2.24) and the Chicago Cubs finishing the week at nine (2.11).
In other sports, U.S. soccer fans continue to show their passion for the game with Manchester United hitting at number four (3.87) and FC Barcelona at ten (2.09). This week, Manchester United starts their much anticipated U.S. summer tour with a game against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. FC Barcelona, the current champions of Spanish and European soccer, is preparing to meet Manchester United at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, at the end of this month. At number eight (2.21) this week were tickets to boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s September 17 bout with Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Taylor Swift led the week’s Top Concert rankings, power scoring a 5.95. Joining Swift on the list were U2 (two, 3.75), Paul McCartney (three, 3.55), Sade and John Legend (four, 3.33), and Katy Perry (five, 2.93). The Britney Spears/Nicki Minaj tour finished the week at number six (2.32), followed by Kenny Chesney (seven, 2.06), Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow (eight, 1.89), the Maroon 5 and Train tour (nine, 1.89) and, in a resurgence of popularity, the American Idols Live tour (ten, 1.79).
In the Top Broadway rankings, “The Book of Mormon” led all rivals with a power score of 29.00, holding onto the number one position here for 15 consecutive weeks. In at number two was “Wicked” (two, 17.24), followed by Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana (three, 7.89), the Tony Award winning War Horse (four, 7.80), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (five, 7.62) and Lion King (six, 3.94). Also experiencing strong sales this week, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying came in at seven (3.86), with Jersey Boys at eight (3.81), the long-running Phantom of the Opera at nine (3.00) and Mamma Mia at ten (1.86).
“Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon” switched places for the Top Theater rankings, coming in at numbers one (19.27) and two (14.79), respectively. Next on the list was Les Miserables (three, 5.30), followed by “Jersey Boys” (four, 4.79) and Billy Elliot (five, 4.66). Two Cirque productions followed, with Alegria coming in at six (4.56) and “Zarkana” in at seven (4.01). “War Horse” took number eight (3.98) in Top Theater, “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” nine (3.89) and “Lion King” ten (3.14).
Celine Dion once again dominated the Top Vegas list, power scoring an amazing 74.35 this week. In at a very distant number two was the first of four Cirque Du Soleil productions, O (9.65), with David Copperfield at number three (6.07) and Cirque’s The Beatles: Love and Zumanity in at four (3.70) and five (1.54), respectively. “Lion King” took number six (0.94), with the final Cirque production on the list, Mystère, at seven (0.78). Donny and Marie Osmond (eight, 0.73) made it back onto the list for the first time since May, followed by Le Reve (nine, 0.66) and the Blue Man Group (ten, 0.61).
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.