The Last Of Us “Comfortably” Made More Money Than Man Of Steel In Its Opening Weekend, Smashes Records
I would say that this is a mind-blowing moment for gaming. First of all, Naughty Dog’s universally acclaimed PS3 exclusive title, The Last Of Us, is naturally sitting at UK number one game this week.
That’s the unsurprising part. It’s also worth noting that the game helped drive a surge in the games market, in addition to Nintendo’s new 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which was number two. Word is that between the two games, Sony and Nintendo accounted for half of the boxed game sales in the UK last week.
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It’s the third biggest weekend for game sales, and already, after it’s barely been out for more than a weekend, The Last Of Us is the third best selling game of the year, according to Chart-Track. It’s behind Tomb Raider and BioShock: Infinite right now.
That is incredible. But the good news doesn’t stop there, for Naughty Dog and Sony.
According to MCV, and get ready to pick your jaw up from the ground, The Last Of Us has grossed more in its first two days on sale than box office hit Man of Steel.
That. Is. Ridiculous.
A PlayStation 3 exclusive title made more than a Superman movie? I understand the obvious price difference between one copy of the game versus movie tickets, but the movie is also in 3D and more significantly, Man of Steel’s audience was allegedly three times the size of the game’s.
Estimates from the movie trade press suggest that the film made over £3m at the box office in the UK on Friday and Saturday. Numbers for The Last Of Us are not allowed to be shared at this point, but MCV says that it “comfortably” made more money than Man of Steel over the same time period.
To finish off with one more fist bump, The Last of Us is also the biggest UK launch of a new video game IP since 2011’s LA Noire.
Here is the full top 20 for the week ending June 15th:
1. The Last of Us
2. Animal Crossing New Leaf
3. GRID 2
4. Tomb Raider
5. FIFA 13
6. Injustice: Gods Among Us
7. Far Cry 3
8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
9. Luigi’s Mansion 2
10. Assassin’s Creed III
11. Dead Island: Riptide
12. Rugby Challenge 2: Lions Tour Edition
13. LEGO Batman 2
14. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
15. Donkey Kong Returns
16. BioShock Infinite
17. The Walking Dead
18. Grand Theft Auto IV
19. LEGO The Lord of the Rings
20. Remember Me