Madonna has something new to cheer about. Her MDNA Tour has been crowned the top-grossing concert attraction of the year worldwide by Billboard, surpassing other highly popular road shows by Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Coldplay and Lady Gaga.
Madonna’s tour grossed $228.4 million over the course of 72 shows (all sold out), according to the magazine’s calculations, which are based on figures reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 9, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2012.
Runner-up Springsteen & the E Street Band finished just under the $200-million mark with $199.4 million, also from 72 shows, 54 of which were listed as sellouts.
In third place, Waters pulled in $186.5 million on his extended tour with “The Wall,” which was also drawn from 72 performances. Rounding out Billboard’s Top 5 are Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson -- the Immortal World Tour,” which grossed $147.3 million from 183 shows, only nine of which were sold out, and Coldplay, which filled 56 of 67 performances to capacity to tally $147. 2 million.