Grand Theft Auto IV sales drop fails to shake title's pole position
UK sales more than halve
GTA IV remained the UK's best-selling videogame during its second week on shop shelves, despite the number of copies shifted in Blighty falling by more than 50 per cent.
According to Chart-Track data, the videogame’s UK sales declined by 77 per cent for the week ended 10 May. But the must-have title still managed to hold onto the number one spot, keeping Wii Fit in second position.
The market watcher’s figures also show that Wii Fit sales dropped by 48 per cent during the same period. But whereas the ratio of sales between the two games was nine to one in GTA IV’s favour for the week ended 3 May, Chart Track found the ratio had fallen to four to one for the week ended 10 May.
Microsoft will be pleased with figures because the Xbox 360 took a 62 per cent share of GTA IV sales in the title’s second sales week, compared to 55 per cent in the first week that GTA IV was available to buy. The PlayStation 3 version accounted for 38 per cent of sales.
631,000 sales on day 1.
926,000 for the whole first week.
A 77% drop presumably equates to real sales of 213,000 (rounding to the nearest thousand like the the others obviously have been).
But once you take out the pre-orders and stampede of day one, they only sold 295,000 in the rest of that first week. That's not a bad drop-off at all, then. It's still not that simple to find stock on shelves; it was sold out on 360 everywhere I went last weekend.
Not that I can justify buying it, having just got a Wii and WiiFit instead, but I'd like to play it at some point.