Call Of Duty Blacks Ops 2 has topped the list for highest-earning and biggest entertainment across all formats in 2013
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 may not have been as critically well received as its predecessors, but that hasn't stopped Activision's shooter dominating all entertainment formats in the last year.
Figures released by the Entertainment Retail Association (ERA) state Black Ops 2 was easily the biggest selling piece of entertainment last year, shifting 2.7 million units and earning global revenues of over $1 billion.EA's world-conquering football sim FIFA 13 came in slightly behind Black Ops 2 selling 2.6 million copies.
Both video games outsold the bigger films in 2013, including The Dark Knight Rises and The Twilight Saga, which sold 1.6 million and 1.5 million copies respectively.
The ERA said that, despite the strong sales of the aformentioned movies and games, overall entertainment sales are down year-on-year by 12 per cent. Sales of the top 40 titles fell 25 per cent, when compared with 2011.
"2012 was a tough year for entertainment due to a number of factors, but this sharp 25 per cent shrinkage in sales of the biggest titles suggests that the quality of releases was at least partly to blame," said Kim Bayley, director of the ERA.
"Luckily 2013 has got off to a good start with Skyfall already selling more than two million copies - way ahead of last year's biggest-selling video, The Dark Knight Rises," she added.