‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’ (XB360, PS3, PC, DS) explodes into the All Formats Chart with by far the biggest ever launch of any game, recording a staggering 1.78m units in the UK over 5 days and generating £67.4m.
To put this in context, Activision’s title has now grossed almost twice as much as the entire entertainment software market last week. The Xbox 360 version alone has sold over 1m units in its first week, making £38.5m (which on its own is more than last week’s total entertainment software market figure). ‘Modern Warfare 2’ has smashed GTA IV’s launch week record of 927,000 units (£39.9m) by a huge margin. No other game is anywhere near competing with Modern Warfare 2 this week, as Nintendo’s ‘Wii Sports Resort’ (+45%) climbs from No3 to No2 and last week’s No1, ‘Wii Fit Plus’ (-24%) falls to No4. ‘FIFA 10’ (0%) is at No3 while Microsoft’s ‘Forza Motorsport 3’ (+22%) occupies the No5 position.
‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games’ (+9%) is up one place to No6 while ‘Lego Batman’ (+107%) and ‘Pure’ (+143%) have re-entered the Top 10 at No’s 7 and 9 respectively, on the back of an on-going Xbox 360 hardware bundle. Nintendo now have 3 games in the Top 10 thanks to competitive pricing on ‘Mario Kart Wii’ (+53%), while ‘Grand Theft Auto Episodes from Liberty City’ is the Top 10’s biggest casualty, falling from No8 to No10 with a 28% decline in sales. ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’ is back in the Top 40 at No19 boosted by the launch of a Wii version of the game to coincide with the sequel.