Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 tops 2012 entertainment sales

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was officially the biggest entertainment release of 2012, according to figures

13 Mar 2013


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been dominating our living rooms for ages, and now it's also dominating entertainment sales.

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The shoot 'em up was the biggest-selling entertainment release of last year, selling over a million copies more than the top-selling album by Brit sensation Emeli Sande.

Figures provided by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) showed the Activision game sold nearly 2.7 million copies, and its position at the top of the chart is further evidence of the evolution of gaming.

Back in the day games were played in box rooms by geeky kids but things have progressed and thanks to consoles such as the motion control Wii, gaming is at the hub of the home.

Families gather in the living room to do battle on the Wii and Xbox 360 with Kinect, throwing shapes as they jostle for first place.

Of course, when Black Ops 2 is loaded up on the Xbox or PS3 it's no more Mr Nice Guy - gaming gets serious as players adopt the identity of protagonist Frank Woods.  

The second best-selling entertainment release of 2012 was also a game, the latest instalment of the unstoppable football franchise that is Fifa.

Football fans get as excited about the new Fifa as they do the new season, and it sold around 2.6 million copies last year.

Assassin's Creed III and Halo 4 also proved popular with gamers, coming in at 13 and 21 respectively on the entertainment chart.

The 2012 Entertainment Chart combines sales of the best-selling music, video and games titles.

Watching movies is also a big part of family time, and the rest of the top five was rounded off by film and music, with The Dark Knight Rises and The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn - Part 1 taking third and fourth respectively.

Emeli Sande won two Brit Awards last month, and she had the best selling album of 2012 with Our Version Of Events.