WrestleMania sets one-day box office record
With $52 million in gross sales, the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania set a record for the highest grossing one-day entertainment event in 2009. The pop culture extravaganza, held in Houston on April 5, tops the 2009 highest grossing movie opening day record -- $30 million opening night of Fast and the Furious and the 2008 highest grossing single-day stadium concert -- Madonna's $6.1 million Sticky & Sweet concert in Dolphin Stadium -- combined.
The milestone event generated an estimated $43 million in worldwide gross pay-per-view revenue and packed Houston's Reliant Stadium with 72,744 fans from all 50 states, 24 countries and seven Canadian provinces, surpassing the attendance at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa this past February. Combined with WWE's Sunday fanfest, WrestleMania Axxess, the sell-out crowd grossed more than $7.4 million in ticket sales and an additional $1.5 million in merchandise sales.
Following the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, World Wrestling Entertainment's Web site, WWE.com, garnered a record-breaking 105 million page views, including staggering one day totals of 2.7 million unique visitors, and nearly 2 million video streams. For the three days surrounding the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, WWE.com's page views totaled 166,239,115.