Call of Duty: Black Ops II outsells all-comers to be biggest-selling entertainment product of 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the UK's biggest-selling entertainment title in 2012 with sales of 2.7m copies, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
It sold over one million copies more than the biggest-selling
video title of the year, The Dark Knight Rises, and 1.2m copies
more than the biggest-selling album, Emeli Sande's Our Version of
2011's biggest-selling entertainment title was Adele's 21 which
sold 3.9m units. In 2012 it sold a further 816,317 copies to become
the seventeenth biggest-selling entertainment title of the
The 2012 Entertainment Chart, combining sales of the
best-selling music, video and games titles, is published today (12
March 2013) in the annual ERA Yearbook.
Video accounted for 23 titles in the Top 40, with music taking
10 and games seven.
But confirming retail complaints that 2012 was a poor year for
releases, overall sales of the Top 40 titles plunged by 25%
compared with the previous year. In 2011 some 19 titles sold over
one million units; in 2012 there were just eight. In 2011 the
Entertainment Top 40 generated sales of 49.3m units; in 2012 the
total was just 36.9m units.
ERA Director General Kim Bayley said, "2012 was a tough year for
entertainment due to a
number of factors, but this sharp 25% shrinkage in sales of the
biggest titles suggests that the quality of releases was at least
partly to blame. Luckily 2013 has got off to a good start with
Skyfall already selling more than 2m copies - way ahead of last
video,The Dark Knight Rises."
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Notes to Editors
The Entertainment Retailers Association represents retailers of
music video and games, ranging from small independents to Britain's
biggest supermarkets, from bricks and mortar retailers to the new
generation of streaming services.
The Entertainment Chart aggregates sales data from the Official
Charts Company (music and video) and GfK Chart-track (videogames)
to provide a unique annual snapshot of the UK entertainment