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Guess which musician played the lowest-earning gig at the 3Arena last year?

The highest-earning gig is also pretty surprising.

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A SURPRISING NAME earned the lowest box office sales per night at the 3Arena in Dublin last year.

James Blunt came bottom of the pile of musicians at the venue with a paltry €137,964 in ticket sales (that would be 3,132 tickets sold) for his November gig.

There was also a shock name at the top of the per-night earnings – as it wasn’t Beyoncé or Ed Sheeran. It was, in fact, Andrea Bocelli who made the most money for his one night show in November – grossing €1,113,765 in ticket sales.

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In total, Beyoncé’s four shows earned the most revenue, with Eagles’s three shows in June coming in second place. But it was the Italian opera singer that brought in the most in ticket sales for one night – beating out all the musicians, comedians and other entertainment events that were held at the Dublin venue in 2014.

The full list of highest grossing acts for the 3Arena, with figures provided by music and entertainment trade publication Pollstar, is here:

  1. Beyoncé (4 shows) €4,004,652 (€1,001,163 per show)
  2. Eagles (3 shows) €2,293,531 (€764,510 per show)
  3. Ed Sheeran (4 shows) €2,184,175 (€546,043 per show)
  4. André Rieu (2 shows) €1,317,715 (€658,857 per show)
  5. Cirque du Soleil – “Dralion” 7 shows €1,182,675 (€168,953 per show)
  6. Andrea Bocelli €1,113,765
  7. Ant & Dec 3 shows €1,073,511 (€357, 837 per show)
  8. “Country 2 Country Festival” Ireland 2 shows €952,912 (€476,456 per show)
  9. Lady Gaga €871,848
  10. Dolly Parton €696,314
  11. Drake €653,248
  12. Paolo Nutini €588,045
  13. Kylie Minogue €552,482
  14. Gary Barlow €533,250
  15. Miley Cyrus €500,749
  16. Lee Evans 2 shows €499,916 (€249,958)
  17. “X Factor Live” €499,783
  18. Ellie Goulding €482,814
  19. Enrique Iglesias €448,970
  20. James Taylor €433,204
  21. Status Quo €414,840
  22. Morrissey €383,829
  23. Kodaline €375,990
  24. McBusted €372,325
  25. John Bishop 8 shows €348,113 (€43,514 per show)
  26. Il Divo €327,130
  27. Kasabian €320,190
  28. Alt-J €287,560
  29. Hardwell €276,661
  30. Slash €254,315
  31. Jason Derulo €247,116
  32. Miranda Hart €246,443
  33. Little Mix €237,384
  34. The Wanted €212,326
  35. Passenger €185,020
  36. James Blunt €137,964

This article was updated to remove the WWE figure from the list.

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