U2 To Set Record For Highest-Grossing Tour This Weekend When the doors open Sunday night for U2's second show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band's "360" tour will become the highest grossing tour in history.
 
In Sao Paulo, U2 "360" will pass the $558 million gross mark set by the Rolling Stones for their "Bigger Bang" tour of 2005-2007. And by the time it wraps in North America on July 30 at Magnetic Hill in Moncton, N.B., U2 will have shattered the record at about $700 million -- and when all the numbers come in be recorded in Billboard Boxscore as the biggest trek ever. (The tour returns to North America May 21 in Denver.)
 
"360" will also have moved more than 7 million tickets to 110 shows, enough to capture the "highest attended tour ever" mantle, as well. The Stones are also the band to vacate that title, as their "Voodoo Lounge" tour of 1994-1995 had held the attendance record at 6.4 million tickets, according to Boxscore.
 
Owning the "biggest tour ever" record is "something we're very proud of having set," band manager Paul McGuinness tells Billboard.biz. "And to set it with a further 20-plus shows to go on the tour is kind of mind-blowing. It means that it's a record that will probably never be outstripped."

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