UPDATE: The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment has been in touch to say the "just under two million units sales" and Ł83.1 million revenue figures for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are "unverified" and should be disregarded.
ORIGINAL STORY: Modern Warfare 3 demolished all opposition to conquer the UK video game sales chart this week.
Surprisingly, Modern Warfare 3 sold fewer units in the UK in one week than previous Call of Duty instalment Black Ops.
Modern Warfare 3 sold "just under" two million copies - 1.6 per cent less than Black Ops, according to Gfk Chart-Track.
However, Modern Warfare 3 took more money than Black Ops, raking in Ł83.1 million - 1.5 per cent more.
Combine the money made by Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops' in their opening weeks, and they total more than the combined opening weekends of all eight Harry Potter films in the UK.
More copies of Modern Warfare 3 were sold on Xbox 360 than on PlayStation 3 - 59 per cent to 41 per cent.
Activision announced that Modern Warfare 3 sold a record breaking 6.5 million copies in the US and UK in one day. Those sales generated $400 million, which made Modern Warfare 3 the biggest entertainment launch - including movies' opening weekends - ever.
Modern Warfare 3's unassailable lead meant RPG Goliath Skyrim settled for a second-place debut. But what a second-place; Skyrim had the fifth biggest opening week of the year (after Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, Battlefield 3 and only just behind Gears of War 3). Also, Skyrim more than doubled the opening week tally of Fallout: New Vegas, making it Bethesda's fastest selling game ever.
Xbox 360 claimed a huge retail majority of Skyrim sales, with 59 per cent. Only 26 per cent of shop-bought Skyrim copies were on PS3, and 15 per cent were on PC (digital sales aren't counted).
The launch of two huge titles, plus a chart filled with numerous blockbusters, meant this week was the biggest ever for UK video games. Total take for the week was Ł120.8 million (you can see how much Modern Warfare 3 dominated).
Uncharted 3 was sixth, followed by Nintendo DS newcomer Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo. Moshi Monsters is a massive web-based MMO for kids, in case you're wondering.
Batman: Arkham City, Zumba Fitness and Wii Party rounded out the top 10.
|This Week||Last Week||Title||Platform(s)|
|1||New entry||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|2||New entry||The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|3||1||Battlefield 3||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|4||3||FIFA 12||PS3, Xbox 360|
|5||5||Just Dance 3||Wii, Xbox 360|
|7||New entry||Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo||DS|
|8||4||Batman: Arkham City||PS3, Xbox 360|
|9||8||Zumba Fitness||Wii, PS3, Xbox 360|
|10||38||Wii Party||Xbox 360|
|11||9||Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure||3DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|12||7||Forza 4||Xbox 360|
|13||15||Michael Jackson: The Experience||DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|14||6||Football Manager 2012||PC|
|15||12||Kinect Sports: Season 2||Xbox 360|
|16||14||Lego Pirates of the Caribbean||3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|17||20||Rage||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|18||13||PES 2012||PS3, PC, Xbox 360|
|19||22||Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn||3DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|20||11||F1 2011||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|21||10||Sonic Generations||PS3, Xbox 360|
|22||27||Cars 2||DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|23||21||Mario Kart Wii||Wii|
|24||16||GoldenEye Reloaded||PS3, Xbox 360|
|25||17||The Sims 3: Pets||3DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|26||18||Deus Ex: Human Revolution||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|27||24||Driver: San Francisco||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|28||35||Just Dance 2||Wii|
|29||19||Gears of War 3||Xbox 360|
|30||23||Dead Island||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|31||25||Disney Universe||PS3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|32||26||Wii Sports Resort||Wii|
|33||39||Dance Central 2||Xbox 360|
|34||29||Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4||DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360|
|35||28||The Sims 3||DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|36||30||Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|38||Re-entry||L.A. Noire||PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|39||New entry||Go Vacation||Wii|
|40||34||Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars||3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360|
UKIE Games Charts compiled by GfK Chart-Track.