The Material Girl tops Billboard's latest Hot Tours ranking with the first box office totals reported from her massive MDNA Tour that launched at the end of May. Ticket sales revenue from the first 11 venues on the tour schedule totaled $49.5 million from 417,448 sold tickets.
The tour began in Israel on May 31 with a crowd of 33,457 in attendance for the first performance. The inaugural concert was held at Israel's largest football venue, Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv with revenue topping $4.3 million (US$). Following the tour opener in Israel, Madonna made her first concert appearance in the United Arab Emirates with a two-show stint at du Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on June 3 and 4. The Box office gross was $8 million (US$), tops among the 11 concert engagements included in this week's tally.
The MDNA Tour's European leg kicked off in Turkey on June 7 with a crowd of 47,789 in attendance at Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. Concerts followed in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi hosted the legendary pop star for two performances on June 20 and 21, and another two-show run was held at the O2 World arena in Berlin on June 28 and 30.
When the European trek ends on August 21 in Nice, France, the tour will then cross the pond for its first U.S. performance. The North American leg will kick off in Philadelphia on August 28 and continue through late-November. A South American leg begins in Colombia on November 28 and will wrap on December 22 in Argentina.
From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal