Britney’s #1 In North America While AC/DC Conquers The World

The legendary Pollstar Boxoffice Department has been crunching numbers, adding up ticket sales and figuring out final grosses to give you a glimpse of the overall concert picture for the first six months of 2009.

Britney Spears tops the North American tour scene. Brit’s 37 shows in 30 cities resulted in an average of 20,498 tickets sold per show at an average price of $99.29 for a total gross of $61.1 million.

Second place went to Fleetwood Mac, which played 53 shows in 52 cities in North America, selling an average of 10,864 tickets per stop at $97 a ticket for a final total gross of $54.8 million.

The piano team-up of Elton John / Billy Joel is third, grossing $52.1 million. In fourth place is Eagles with a very impressive $42.8 million gross, and fifth place goes to Celine Dion and her $42.6 million gross.

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Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

The worldwide concert picture was a little different for the first half of 2009. AC/DC tops the list, performing 61 shows in 57 cities at an average ticket price of $86.39 and grossing $150.6 million.

Tina Turner also had a great first six months of the year. Clocking in at second place on the worldwide chart, Ms. Turner performed 52 gigs in 22 cities at an average ticket price of $121.65, resulting in an $83.5 million final gross.

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Tina Turner on the first night of her European tour.

North America’s #1 grosser – Britney – finished third worldwide – 48 shows in 33 cities at an average ticket price of $95.04 and grossing 74.6 million total for the first half of the year.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band finished fourth worldwide with a total gross of $60.7 million and the Eagles take the No. 5 slot with a $60.2 million total gross.

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Stade de Suisse Stadium, Berne, Switzerland

We’ll have our complete top 100 North American and Top 25 WorldWide charts tomorrow. So there’s still time to make a few friendly wagers.