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U2: A Worldwide Sellout

July 16, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Coming off a hugely successful first leg of PopMart, it looks like the international leg will bring U2 even more money than the nearly 50 million dollars they grossed in the States. Many shows have already sold out, including the August 30 Dublin gig at Landsdowne Road, which sold out tens of thousands of tickets in less than 40 minutes. The tour's opener in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, sold-out two shows, at a capacity of nearly 50,000 each. Additional sold-out dates include stops at London's Wembley Stadium, the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki and two shows in Mexico City.

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