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MW3 takes #1, helps UK industry to record sales week

Skyrim in second with Bethesda's biggest launch, double that of Fallout: New Vegas

Update

UKIE and Chart Track have redacted the figures of £83.1 million in revenues and the 2 million unit sales, saying that the numbers are unverified. They have been retained below for consistency.

Original story

Modern Warfare 3 has sold just shy of two million units and raised £83.1 million in sales to take the number one spot in the UK chart during the domestic industry's biggest ever sales week.

The previous largest total weekly sales for the UK games industry were £113.8 million in week 45 of 2010 - bested by £7 million with this week's total of £120.8 million.

Units sales of Modern Warfare 3 this week were actually lower than Black Ops' launch week by 1.6 per cent, but revenue figures were 1.5 per cent higher. The revenue figure marks the game as the country's most successful ever entertainment launch, outselling the launch weeks of the previous four Harry Potter films combined.

Bethesda's Skyrim took second with the biggest ever launch week for the publisher, more than doubling sales of Fallout: New Vegas. Only Modern Warfare and Battlefield 3, along with FIFA 12 and Gears of War 3, have had bigger launch weeks this year.

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo is the third top-ten new-entry at seven. Uncharted 3 slips from last week's second to sixth, with Battlefield 3 holding on to third place.

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Modern Warfare 3
New entry 2 Skyrim
1 3 Battlefield 3
2 4 FIFA 12
5 5 Just Dance 3
2 6 Uncharted 3
New Entry 7 Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
4 8 Batman: Arkham City
8 9 Zumba Fitness
Re-entry 10 Wii Party
9 11 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
7 12 Forza 4
15 13 Michael Jackson: The Experience
6 14 Football Manager 2012
12 15 Kinect Sports: Season 2
14 16 LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean
20 17 Rage
13 18 Pro-Evolution Soccer 2012
New Entry 19 Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn
11 20 F1 2011
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