UPDATE: The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment has been in touch to say the "just under two million units sales" and £83.1 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 £83.1 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 £120.8 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.