Grand Theft Auto 5 sold over 400,000 copies during lockdown in the UK alone

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Lockdown saw remarkable sales of video games in the UK.

The Entertainment Retailers Association published sales data for 23rd March to 13th June, and it shows video games sold bucketloads on these shores.

The two top-selling entertainment products were videos: Star Wars Episode 9 - The Rise of Skywalker in at number one with 637,484 copies sold during lockdown, and Frozen 2 in at two with 541,783 copies sold.

But video games dominate the lockdown sales chart overall (of the top 40 titles, 21 were games, 16 video and three albums). EA's FIFA 20 was the UK's best-selling video game during the period, selling 506,572 copies. Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sold 474,902.

I'm continually surprised by Grand Theft Auto 5's sales performance. Rockstar's behemoth shows no sign of slowing down, and lockdown saw an incredible 438,902 copies sold in the UK alone. As of August 2020, the game has shipped over 135m copies worldwide across all platforms. Not bad for a game nearly seven years old. Who doesn't own GTA5 in the UK at this point?

Now, it's worth noting the ERA has compiled physical and download sales, which makes it useful. However, not all publishers play ball on the digital side, with Nintendo and Bethesda not supplying the ISFE's Games Sales Data with download numbers.

This is probably why Animal Crossing: New Horizons is only number 11 on this chart with 206,069 copies sold. If download sales were included, I imagine the Nintendo Switch exclusive might have troubled the top three.

And video game sales don't tell the whole story, either. There are microtransactions to take into account (lets not forget the free-to-download Fortnite, which is not on this chart, and its lucrative battle pass), and then there are subscription services, such as Xbox Game Pass and old faithfuls Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, which all make a meaningful contribution to the bottom line of these companies.

All in all, it's boom time for video games. Here's the lockdown top 40 in full:

  1. Video: Star Wars 9 - The Rise Of Skywalker, Walt Disney Studios - 637,484
  2. Video: Frozen 2, Walt Disney Studios - 541,783
  3. Games: FIFA 20, Electronic Arts - 506,572
  4. Games: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, Activision Blizzard - 474,902
  5. Games: Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar Games - 438,902
  6. Video: 1917, Universal Pictures - 411,925
  7. Video: Jumanji - The Next Level, Sony Pictures HE - 411,151
  8. Games: NBA 2K20, 2K Sports - 400,879
  9. Games: Monopoly Plus, Ubisoft - 253,045
  10. Video: Bad Boys For Life, Sony Pictures HE - 241,471
  11. Games: Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo - 206,069
  12. Games: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, Activision Blizzard - 203,749
  13. Video: Onward, Walt Disney Studios - 191,847
  14. Games: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Square Enix - 185,260
  15. Video: Sonic The Hedgehog, Universal Pictures - 177,940
  16. Video: Knives Out, Elevation Sales - 155,129
  17. Games: The Sims 4, Electronic Arts - 146,006
  18. Games: Resident Evil 3, Capcom - 143,042
  19. Games: Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft - 132,395
  20. Albums: Future Nostalgia Dua Lipa, Warner Music - 122,740
  21. Games: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Electronic Arts - 116,669
  22. Video: Le Mans '66, Walt Disney Studios - 113,962
  23. Games: Uno, Ubisoft - 112,800
  24. Games: Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games - 108,784
  25. Video: Little Women (2019), Sony Pictures HE - 108,245
  26. Video: Jojo Rabbit, Walt Disney Studios - 107,478
  27. Games: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft - 104,935
  28. Albums: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi, Universal Music - 95,733
  29. Games: Just Dance 2020, Ubisoft - 95,656
  30. Games: Forza Horizon 4, Microsoft - 95,139
  31. Video: Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous, Warner Home Video - 94,810
  32. Games: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision Blizzard - 93,713
  33. Games: EA Sports UFC 3, Electronic Arts - 91,706
  34. Video: Spies In Disguise, Walt Disney Studios - 88,966
  35. Video: Bloodshot, Sony Pictures HE - 85,341
  36. Games: Football Manager 2020, Sega - 84,104
  37. Video: The Gentlemen, EIV - 80,780
  38. Games: Spider-Man, Sony Interactive Entertainment - 78,247
  39. Albums: After Hours Weeknd, Universal Music - 75,871
  40. Video: Dolittle, Universal Pictures - 74,124

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