For a second month, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is at the top of the list. If you're not keeping track, the last time this happened was with Monster Jam Trucks in January and February. Before that it was with Taylor Swift in November and December.
Ringling Bros. in doing very well indeed thanks to plenty of affordable tickets, and its heyday might not be over. For the first time since I started reporting all of the Top 10 events for August 2012, it seems very possible that a non-concert, sport, or theater event will claim the top spot a third time in a row. It's not a guarantee, just a possibility. However, I think there's some evidence for it. There are a couple reasons it could happen:
- Ringling Bros. is already in the top spot (just barely). It's challenged by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but sales for TSO could potentially slow down after initial onsales are complete. Last year TSO made the list in September, but didn't get near the top until November.
- Other than TSO, there is no other strong contender. Luke Bryan's tour ends in October, so sales will naturally slow down as that wraps up. The same is true of Jason Aldean, who came in a distant third this month.
Ultimately, only time will tell, so come back next month for the results!
* Rankings and other data are as of 9/18/2013 1:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
In July, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is once again back at the top after sitting a spot or three lower since April. As was the case last time it took the top spot, one city stood out among the rest. In July that city was Houston, TX, whose multiple shows accounted for nearly 40% of Ringling seats sold at TicketNetwork.com during the month. Other cities also contributed significantly to the lead, including Dallas, TX; Anaheim, CA; and Los Angeles, CA.
Other than that, July's Top 10 looks remarkably like June's Top 10, except for the addition of Selena Gomez's first solo tour and Pearl Jam's fall tour. Both performers made the list for the first time this month.
* Rankings and other data are as of 8/5/2013 3:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
I'm a little biased because I remember going to a Ringling Bros. circus show when I was in second grade on a field trip with my class. I loved every dazzling second of it. But going to the circus really is is a bit like a rite of passage in the U.S. With animals like tigers, elephants, horses, and even goats and llamas, plus superhuman acrobatics and athletics, what’s not to love? There’s a reason Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been among the top events on TicketNetwork.com for the last few months — everyone enjoys the circus! Here are five reasons why...
1. Visiting a circus is like participating in a little piece of history. Circuses date back to Ancient Rome. Then, it was an exhibition for horse and chariot races, staged battles, and equestrian shows — all things that have obviously faded out of practice today. Still, those circuses started the tradition of displaying jugglers, acrobats, and trained animals. What it boils down to is this: circuses have been around literally for centuries, with great success, so who are we to argue?
Although there is a lot of shifting after the top two positions, the top two spots in February pretty much stayed the same as January. Tickets for Monster Jam Trucks and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus continued to sell at a very quick pace all throughout the month. As with last month, both shows, and Monster Jam in particular, far outstripped any other event.
Meanwhile, as was highly expected, Beyoncé announced a tour and almost immediately placed on the top-seller list. Also, Luke Bryan continued his ascent. Finally, Jason Aldean appeared back on the list for the first time since September (incidentally, while touring with Luke Bryan), Kenny Chesney and Fleetwood Mac are back after dropping off for a month, and Taylor Swift and Wicked are hanging in there.
* Rankings are as of 3/4/2013 11:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
A lot changed last month in the Top 10. One Direction returned to the top, displacing the Ringling Bros. Circus, but just barely. Meanwhile, theater staple Wicked and the popular Book of Mormon moved up, thanks to a burst in orders.
Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra have entered the list for the first time, due to the fact that they haven't had tours since last year. Notably, Lady Gaga has not displaced One Direction. There was a time when she would have topped this list, perhaps alternating with Justin Bieber. However, tickets have been on sale for a little more than a week; we'll give her some extra time to climb.
Speaking of performers not doing as well, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan are slowly, but surely, slipping down the list. This isn't very surprising, given that their tour is wrapping up. But it is the first time since May that they haven't been in the top three.