Archive for January, 2013

Hobbit sees off The Impossible at the box office

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has topped the UK box office for the fourth consecutive weekend.

Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth held off strong competition from drama The Impossible to secure the top spot with £4,075,781 in ticket sales.

Life of Pi falls down a place to number three with £3,345,579, taking its UK box office haul past £17 million.

Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet is a new entry at number four, while Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher rounds out the top five.

Elsewhere, Skyfall spends its eleventh week in the top ten and has now earned a staggering £101,572,493 from its UK cinemas run.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – £4,075,781
2. (-) The Impossible – £4,034,470
3. (2) Life of Pi – £3,353,579
4. (-) Quartet – £2,294,917
5. (3) Jack Reacher – £1,682,561
6. (4) Pitch Perfect – £917,135
7. (5) Parental Guidance – £884,319
8. (6) Rise of the Guardians – £725,281
9. (7) Skyfall – £541,401
10. (8) Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings – £516,952

Source: Rentrak

‘FIFA 13’ back as chart number one

Monday, January 7th, 2013

FIFA 13 has recaptured the all-format top spot for the first time since October.

Despite a drop in weekly sales, EA’s football simulation knocks Far Cry 3 down to second, above Black Ops 2 in third.

Elsewhere, a hefty price cut sees Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition enter the top ten for the first time since its release back in 2010, below LEGO Lord of the Rings and Forza Horizon.

Meanwhile, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim narrowly miss out on a top-ten spot, charting at 11 and 12 respectively.

The top 20 in full:
1. (2) FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
2. (1) Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
3. (3) Black Ops 2 (Activision)
4. (4) Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
5. (5) Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
6. (7) Halo 4 (Microsoft)
7. (6) Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
8. (10) Forza Horizon (Microsoft)
9. (9) LEGO Lord of the Rings (Warner Bros Interactive)
10. (12) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
11. (8) Assassin’s Creed 3 (Ubisoft)
12. (16) Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
13. (13) Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
14. (11) WWE 13 (THQ)
15. (14) Dishonored (Bethesda)
16. (15) Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Electronic Arts)
17. (17) Skylanders Giants (Activision)
18. (20) Forza Motorsport 4 (Microsoft)
19. (19) Disney Epic Mickey 2 (Disney Interactive)
20. (18) LEGO Batman DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros Interactive)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2012 UKIE Ltd.

Calvin Harris climbs to albums No.1 with ’18 Months’

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Calvin Harris has climbed back to the top of the album chart with 18 Months.

The producer rises six places to the top spot, having first reached number one upon release in October.

Emeli Sandé drops one place to two with Our Version of Events, which has now set a new UK record for most consecutive weeks inside the Top 10 for a debut album.

The ‘Daddy’ singer is the first solo artist ever to score an unbroken run of 47 weeks inside the Top 10 with a debut album from its release date, and only the second artist after The Beatles, who achieved 62 weeks with their debut Please Please Me.

Our Version of Events has sold 1.43 million copies in the UK, and was the best-seller of 2012.

Ed Sheeran climbs ten places to third place with his long-running debut +, while Jake Bugg is up 12 places to four with his self-titled debut. Bruno Mars stays at five with Unorthodox Jukebox.

Elsewhere, Fun. rise eight spots to ten with Some Nights, and The xx climb 19 places to get back inside the top 20 at 19 with Coexist.

Source: Official Charts Company

‘Black Ops 2’ named UK bestseller for 2012

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Black Ops 2 has been named as the UK’s bestselling game of 2012.

The latest Call of Duty edged out FIFA 13 in second place to secure the top spot, according to figures from Chart-Track (via MCV).

Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4 and Hitman: Absolution took the remaining top five places.

All of the top five were released in either November or December, meaning they racked up their impressive sales figures in less than two months.

Just Dance 4 came in sixth place ahead of Far Cry 3 and FIFA 12, with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Borderlands 2 rounding off the top 10.

Notable titles outside the top 10 include Mass Effect 3 in 11th, Need for Speed: Most Wanted in 13th and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 18th.

The top 20 in full:
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
2. FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
3. Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
4. Halo 4 (Microsoft)
5. Hitman Absolution (Square Enix)
6. Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
7. Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
8. FIFA 12 (Electronic Arts)
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
10. Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
11. Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts)
12. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros)
13. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
14. FIFA Street (Electronic Arts)
15. Mario & Sonic: London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
16. Skylanders Giants (Activision)
17. Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts)
18. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
19. Max Payne 3 (Rockstar)
20. Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)

‘The Hobbit’ retains UK box office top spot

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has topped the UK box office chart for its third consecutive weekend.

The first chapter of Peter Jackson’s new Middle-earth trilogy continued to fend off competition from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and the Tom Cruise-starring Jack Reacher.

The Hobbit made a weekend total of £6.8 million from its 596 locations, outstripping Life of Pi‘s second-place gross of £4.1 million from 550 locations.

Jack Reacher debuted at number three with a weekend total of £3,575,066.

The top ten’s other new entry was Billy Crystal-starring comedy Parental Guidance, which debuted at number five with £1,293,400.

Skyfall fell to seventh place, having this week become the first James Bond movie to earn over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Musical comedy Pitch Perfect climbed one place to number four, while DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians fell from number three to number six.

The biggest fall was claimed by festive sequel Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, which went from fourth place to ninth.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – £6,850,728
2. (2) Life of Pi – £4,180,308
3. (-) Jack Reacher – £3,575,066
4. (5) Pitch Perfect – £1,295,355
5. (-) Parental Guidance – £1,293,400
6. (3) Rise of the Guardians – £1,022,539
7. (6) Skyfall – £890,022
8. (7) Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings – £623,067
9. (4) Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger – £386,248
10. (9) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – £250,281

Source: Rentrak