“Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apes**t?” Beyoncé asked in her and Jay-Z’s summer hit single, “APES**T.” After tallying the box office receipts from their latest joint tour, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
Bey and Jay raked in $253.5 million from their massive On the Run II Tour, Billboard reports. The trek kicked off on June 6 in Cardiff, Wales and raced through 48 stadiums across Europe and North America before wrapping on October 4 in Seattle. A two-night stay at London Stadium brought in a whopping $11 million and sold more than 125,000 tickets, while a two-night stay at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium earned $14.1 million.
As it name would imply, On the Run II marks the sequel to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 2014 On the Run Tour. The prior tour earned $109.6 million from 21 shows, and Billboard crowned it the Top R&B/Hip-Hop tour of the year.
On the Run II more than doubled its predecessor in terms of overall gross and ticket sales (980,000 vs. 2,177,000). Notably, this year’s tour boasted a slightly higher per-show average ($5.281 million vs. $5.219 million), despite more than doubling the number of shows. It’s proof that music’s biggest power couple only continues to grow in popularity.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z also enjoyed an extra surge on this year’s tour thanks to the surprise release of their joint album, Everything Is Love, which they dropped as The Carters on June 16. Despite no pre-release promotion, a Saturday release and a two-day Tidal exclusive, Everything Is Love debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 123,000 equivalent units. Anchoring the album was lead single “APES**T,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and whose video features Bey and Jay traipsing around the Louvre.