Bruno Mars has raked in some major cash on his Las Vegas return.
Before July, Mars last played MGM’s Park Theater in Las Vegas on March 6-7, 2020, presumably unaware of how long it’d be before he’d return to continue his multiyear residency. After a year-plus of lockdown, he’s back in business. Mars played eight shows in July and August, pushing the resumed residency’s total gross past the $50 million mark.
To be more specific, the Bruno Mars at Park MGM show has now earned $53.2 million and sold 201,000 tickets since launching on Dec. 27, 2016, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. That comes from 36 shows at the Park Theater in Vegas plus five at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Just 12 miles outside of Washington, D.C., the Maryland venue plays second home to several other MGM residencies, including those by Cher and Aerosmith.
Mars’ six shows in July grossed $10.3 million in Las Vegas, followed by a $2.9 million weekend (Aug. 6-7) in Oxon Hill, and one more $3.1 million double-header (Aug. 13-14) back in Vegas.
The entire 10-show haul is an encouraging note, not just for Mars, but for the entire return of Vegas residencies. At each venue, it’s the highest per-show gross ($1.67 million in Vegas; $1.43 million in Maryland), per-show attendance (5,400 in Vegas; 2,700 in Maryland), and per-ticket price ($308 in Vegas; $525 in Maryland) throughout the entire residency compared to each previous year of the show, dating back to its 2016 debut.
Bruno Mars at Park MGM is the second theater residency for the franchise to cross the $50 million mark, following Lady Gaga Enigma, which sits just barely ahead at $53.9 million through its New Year’s Eve 2019 show (new Jazz & Piano shows were just announced beginning Oct. 14). Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild ($45.4 million) and Classic Cher ($42.9 million) may soon join the MGM $50 million club once they both pick back up.
Mars will play two more dates at the Park Theater on Aug. 27-28 before going back on hiatus. Based on recent data, Billboard projects another $2.75-3 million earned, which will push his career Boxscore total gross over the $600 million mark. He currently sits at $598.1 million from 5.8 million tickets sold over 385 reported shows.