UK charts: MW3 top, first-week sales less then Black Ops

Monday, 14 November 2011 09:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Modern Warfare 3, unsurprisingly, has gone top of the UK charts following its $400 million launch last week.

What is surprising, however, is that its first week sales are down by 1.5 percent on last year’s Black Ops. Revenue is up by 1.6 percent, though.

The particular week between November 6-12, according to ChartTrack, has been the biggest ever in the UK by making £120.8 million, no doubt spurred on by the releases of MW3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which comes second.

Activision announced on Friday it had sold 6.5 million units of the shooter in its opening 24 hours in the US and UK.

Chart-Track initially confirmed this morning it moved “just under” 2 million units and made £83.1 million in revenue in its first five days in the UK, making it the biggest entertainment launch ever in the UK than the last four Harry Potter films combined, but has since said the figures are “unverified.”

360 ruled the roost in terms of platform breakdown, gaining 59% of sales, with PS3 grabbing 40%, which only leaves a split of 1% between the retail PC version and the Wii version.

Skyrim, meanwhile, is Bethesda’s biggest opening week in the UK by twice as much as Fallout: New Vegas last October, with 360 winning the majority of platform share, becoming the fifth biggest launch in the UK after MW3, FIFA 12, Battlefield 3 and Gears of War 3.

Full top ten for the week ending November 12 is below. Last week’s data is here.

  1. Modern Warfare 3
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Just Dance 3
  6. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  7. Moshi Monsters
  8. Batman: Arkham City
  9. Zumba Fitness
  10. Wii Party