Thursday 17 January 2019

3Arena rakes in €32m at box office

Ed Sheeran was one of the biggest draws at the 3Arena in Dublin last year
Ed Sheeran was one of the biggest draws at the 3Arena in Dublin last year

Gordon Deegan

The 3Arena in Dublin took €32.5m at the box office last year, with Ed Sheeran, Drake and the Kings of Leon among the biggest draws.

New figures from trade industry journal 'Pollstar' show that the Live Nation-owned venue recorded $39.99m (€32.5m) at the box office between January 20 and December 17 last.

The returns show that 536,875 fans paid to see gigs at the venue, making it the 25th best-attended arena in the world in 2017.

The O2 in London topped the global charts, with 1.44m music fans going to events there.

Box office receipts are shared between promoter, artist and venue operator.

The detailed figures show that Drake clocked €2m at the box office for two shows last February.

Another big winner at the 3Arena box office last year was Bruno Mars, who took €1.6m for two nights at the venue at the end of April last.

The figures show that for three gigs at the venue last July, the Kings of Leon generated €2.43m at the door after 29,592 fans came to see the band perform.

The biggest Irish draw at the 3Arena last year was Brendan O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown's Boys' which entertained 31,069 fans over five performances between December 14 and December 17.

The Pollstar figures show that O'Carroll's production generated €1.27m at the box office.

The Dublin comedian donated the proceeds of one of the performances to a number of charities including the Peter McVerry Trust, Childline and the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Irish Independent

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