U2 score highest grossing tour of North America in 2009

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel also take in huge takings

U2 have scored the most successful north American tour of 2009 clocking up $123m (£76.3m) in tour takings.

The Dublin four-piece ‘360°’ stadium tour, was the fifth most successful jaunt ever after The Rolling Stones who clocked up £162 million in the US and Canada in 2005.

U2 sold 1.3 million tickets in the States throughout their tour.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band came second, with tour takings amounting to $94.5m (£58.6m) while Elton John and Billy Joel‘s joint tour came third with ticket sales worth $88m (£54.5m), according to music trade publication Pollstar.

Britney Spears and AC/DC completed the top five, pulling in $82.5m (£51.1m) and $77.9m (£48.3m) respectively.

Pollstar‘s annual list is based on data provided by concert promoters and venue managers.