Say what you will about Madonna, but ticket sales don’t lie. The pop icon’s sold-out 72-date MDNA tour was the top grossing tour of 2012, raking in $228.4 million, according to Billboard.

View Photo Gallery : The pop icon’s MDNA tour began in May in Tel Aviv.

At the box office, she topped Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd who took the second and third slots respectively, according to Billboard.

In his concert review for The Post, Dave McKenna dubbed it her most “violent production to date.” The 54-year-old singer chugged whiskey and the performance featured an abundance of firearms and splatttered blood on video screens.

But the antics didn’t end there, when she performed at the Verizon Center. She urged fans to vote for President Obama and called him a “black Muslim.” Afterward, she said she was simply being ironic.

While the Post’s Chris Richards, said the album after which the tour was named was a “joyless collection of impersonal dance tracks,” the highlights hinted back to her heyday by referencing the strict Catholic upbringing referenced in her seminal single, “Like a Prayer,” which she performed on this tour with no bells and whistles, just a classic revisited.


Madonna performs at the Verizon Center

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