Modern Warfare outsold all 2009 entertainment in the UK

Britain’s Entertainment Retailers Association has released a list of the top ten selling entertainment products in 2009 and topping the list is Modern Warfare 2. The game has sold 2.9 million copies in the UK, beating unit sales of major releases such as Twilight and Quantum of Solace on DVD.

Second place went to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but the distance is considerable with only 2.2 million units sold. The top three is rounded out with FIFA 10, a mere fifty thousand copies less than the sorcery-filled film.

We always talk about how big the games industry is getting, but these numbers still manage to stagger me. Modern Warfare 2 didn’t have very much time to amass sales in 2009, so to hit the absolute peak of sales for Britain in that time is impressive to say the least.

On a semi-related side note, Lady Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, landed in the eighth spot with 1.4 million sales. Of course, that album was released in the third quarter of 2008, so it certainly has to be a much bigger success than the list might lead you to believe. Rightly so.

The full list of entertainment products and their sales numbers resides below the fold.

MW2 is 2009’s entertainment champ [MCV via CVG]

1. COD: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision) – 2,926,637 game
2. Harry Potter Half-Blood Prince (Warner) – 2,193,700 video
3. FIFA 10 (EA) – 2,155,697 game
4. Quantum of Solace (Fox) – 2,040,229 video
5. Twilight (E1 Ent) – 1,815,543 video
6. Susan Boyle: I Dreamed A Dream (Sony) – 1,714,369 music
7. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) – 1,488,797 game
8. Lady GaGa: The Fame (Universal) – 1,458,289 music
9. Slumdog Millionaire (Fox) – 1,383,838 video
10. Transformers Revenge Fallen (Paramount) – 1,362,020 video

Conrad Zimmerman