U2 last year grossed $152.2m (€141.6m) in box office receipts as 1.2m fans paid to see the band perform across the globe.
That is according to new figures from trade industry journal Pollstar which show that Niall Horan’s One Direction narrowly beat U2 in the ‘Pollstar 2015 World Tour’ rankings to grab third spot.
Pollstar reveals that One Direction recorded gross receipts of $158.8m.
The two are both behind global superstar Taylor Swift and AC/DC who both played Ireland last year.
The figures show that Taylor Swift grabbed top spot with gross box office receipts of $250m, while AC/DC enjoyed gross receipts of $180m.
Gross box office receipts are shared between the artist, promoter and venue.
Pollstar figures also show that the average ticket price for U2 gigs was $118.34.
The average gross from each U2 gig was $6.92m — e asily the most lucrative average gross out of any of the performers featuring in the Top 20.
The band played 76 dates in 22 cities and over 1.28m fans paid to see U2 perform for the first time live since their 2011 360 tour.
The average number of people to see U2 at their gigs was 58,473 last year.
The band’s 360 tour grossed $231.9m in 2011.
Tickets for the band’s four gigs at the 3Arena sold out in minutes last September.
They donated €2m from the gigs to the education programme Music Generation in collaboration with the Ireland Fund.
Niall Horan and his One Direction bandmates played to 1.72m music fans who paid an average ticket price of $91.82.
The band played 70 gigs in 39 cities during the year.
The average box office from the One Direction gigs was $4.07m.
Pollstar figures show Garth Brooks made a strong recovery from his 2014 Croke Park debacle when his five planned gigs never went ahead, disappointing 400,000 fans who had paid €27m for tickets.
The Pollstar figures show Brooks’ 2015 gigs generated $114m.
He is ranked 9th after 1.787m fans paid to see the American singer, while the average ticket price for the Brooks’ gigs was $64.33 — the second lowest of any average ticket price in the Top 20.
The rankings show that another Irish favourite Ed Sheeran, who packed out Croke Park last year, generated $117.3m in gross receipts. Over 1.82m fans paid to see Sheeran perform last year.
Music veterans, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Neil Diamond showed that they can still pull in the crowds.
The Rolling Stones generated $109.7m in box office receipts, and Madonna had box-office receipts of $88.4m. Paul McCartney earned $77.7m; Elton John $77.6m and Neil Diamond $68m.
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