After one week out, the musical Wicked has regained the title of top-selling event in TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, August 21, finishing the week with a power score of 3.49.
Following the popular show this week was Broadway rival The Book of Mormon (two, 2.64), Taylor Swift (three, 2.54), and the successful Sade with John Legend tour (four, 1.57).
For the second week in a row, the 70’s nostalgia tour of Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger made it into the top ten, this week landing at number five (1.24). In sixth place six this week was Katy Perry (1.14) with her California Dreams tour, followed by the comeback tour of Chris Brown at seven (1.11). Though toppled from last week’s number one spot, the Watch The Throne Tour of Jay-Z and Kanye West continues to experience strong sales, this week landing at number eight (1.11). At 1-1 in preseason play was the first and only sports entry of the week, the Dallas Cowboys (nine, 1.01), and the joint tour of Jason Aldean & Chris Young finished off the list at number ten (0.96).
Professional football’s preseason is spurring very strong ticket sales for NFL teams, which occupy a full eight spots of this week’s Top Sports rankings. The Dallas Cowboys’ strong sales took them to the top of the rankings this week with a power score of 2.65. Next came the San Francisco 49ers (two, 2.16), followed by one of only two Major League Baseball teams on the list, the AL East’s number two Boston Red Sox (three, 2.04).
Other NFL teams populating the list this week included the Green Bay Packers (four, 1.99), the Pittsburgh Steelers (five, 1.98), the Arizona Cardinals (six, 1.76) and the San Diego Chargers (seven, 1.71). AL East leaders the New York Yankees took the last MLB spot in the top ten this week, finishing at number eight (1.69), with the last two spots claimed by more NFL franchises, the Philadelphia Eagles (nine, 1.61) and the Denver Broncos (ten, 1.61).
Taylor Swift dominated the week’s Top Concert rankings, power scoring a 6.05. Joining Swift were Sade & John Legend (two, 3.74), the Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger tour (three, 2.94), Katy Perry (four, 2.71) and Chris Brown (five, 2.64). The “Watch The Throne” tour made it to number six (2.63), with Jason Aldean & Chris Young at seven (2.27) and Adele at eight (2.24). Finishing off the list this week were Lil Wayne in at nine (1.92) and the 10th Anniversary Honda Civic Tour headlined by Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance at ten (1.74).
On Broadway, “The Book of Mormon” once again led the rankings, finishing the week with an impressive power score of 31.06. “Wicked” came in second (12.12), followed by War Horse (three, 8.60), Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana (four, 8.29), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (five, 5.47) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (six, 5.38). In at number seven this week was the long running hit Jersey Boys (4.57), with Lion King hitting at eight (2.53), Phantom of the Opera at nine (2.40) and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at ten (1.99).
With a power score of 18.85, “Wicked” took top honors in this week’s Theater rankings. “The Book of Mormon” came in second (14.60), followed by “Jersey Boys” (three, 5.09), the classic Les Miserables (four, 4.97) and “War Horse” (five, 4.06). “Zarkana” made it to number six (3.90), with “Lion King” at seven (3.13) and the So You Think You Can Dance? tour at eight (2.88). A second Cirque production to make the Theater rankings this week, Quidam, made it to number nine (2.59), with “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” rounding out the list at ten (2.57).
Even while on a four month break to be with family, Celine Dion continues to reign supreme on the Vegas strip, once again taking number one in the week’s Top Vegas rankings. With a power score of 50.44 this week, Dion will be replaced in September with Elton John as he brings his “Million Dollar Piano” tour to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a total of 16 shows. Dion is scheduled to return to the Caesars Palace stage in late December.
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.