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Cirque’s ‘Immortal,’ Roger Waters top mid-year touring chart

You'd smile, too, if your band made more than $20 million the first six months of the year. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen / www.robbsphotos.com

You'd be smiling like Chris Martin, too, if your band made more than $20 million the first six months of the year. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen / www.robbsphotos.com

Even in death, Michael Jackson is making a mint.

The Cirque du Soleil tribute to the King of Pop, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal,” tops the North American mid-year touring chart compiled by concert industry trade magazine Pollstar.

The show, featuring choreography from Atlanta native Travis Payne, recently completed a three-day stint at Philips Arena and has grossed $78.5 million so far this year.

Following is Roger Waters’ spectacular retelling of “The Wall,” which has pulled in $61.9 million. This is the second go-around for Waters, who first revisited the show in 2010. He also rules the worldwide chart, raking in $158.1 million. No wonder he’s considering taking “The Wall” back overseas next year.

Coming in a distant second worldwide is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with $79.9 million. The Boss and Co. launched their tour in Atlanta in March and is seventh among North American tour grosses, with $30 million.

According to Pollstar’s Box Office Department, the Top 100 tours earned a combined gross of $1,125.9, a 1.2 percent increase from last year.

Though it might not seem so, fans also paid a bit less for tickets. The average price dropped $6.34 – 9.4 percent – to $60.68, the lowest price since 2007.

Here’s the complete list of the Top 100 North American tours through June 30 and a glance at the Top 15.:

  1. Cirque du Soleil – “Michael Jackson: The Immortal”: $78.5 million
  2. Roger Waters: $61.9 million
  3. Van Halen: $44.9 million
  4. Kenny Chesney: $33.9 million
  5. Lady Antebellum: $30.9 million
  6. Drake: $30.2 million
  7. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: $30 million
  8. Elton John: $26 million
  9. Dave Matthews: $24.4 million
  10. Radiohead: $22.8 million 
  11. Blue Man Group: $22.2 million
  12. Coldplay: $21.9 million
  13. Cirque du Soleil – “Dralion”: $21.9 million
  14. Nickelback: $21 million
  15. Brad Paisley: $20.5 million

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