Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been named as the biggest selling entertainment title in 2012, with the multi-platform shooter outselling big names like The Dark Knight Rises and Emeli Sande’s album Our Version of Events.
Selling nearly 2.7 million copies, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was awarded the pole position on the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) top 40 chart for 2012 for its efforts.
The Activision title narrowly outsold EA’s FIFA 13, but was 1.2 million unit sales above the best-selling music title, Emelie Sande’s Our Version of Events. Last year’s Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises was the highest-selling film title, with over 1.6 million copies sold, but nothing matched the figures accomplished by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Across the board, the ERA noticed that the sales of entertainment products were down 12 per cent from the totals achieved in 2011. The ERA Top 40 Entertainment Chart combines sales of music, video and games titles, and saw the top 40 entries overall sales dip by 25 per cent. In 2011 overall sales were 49.3 million, but this year the total was 36.9 million.
“2012 was a tough year for entertainment due to a number of factors, but this sharp 25 per cent shrinkage in sales of the biggest titles suggests that the quality of releases was at least partly to blame,” said Kim Bayley, ERA’s Director General.
“Luckily 2013 has got off to a good start with Skyfall already selling more than 2 million copies – way ahead of last year’s biggest-selling video, The Dark Knight Rises.”
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