Resident Evil 5 tops sales & breaks records this week

Gamezine have provided some very interesting figures today as they take a look at last week's software chart.

It comes as no surprise that Resident Evil 5 has reached number one in the UK software charts, following its release last week. However the game has also become Capcom's biggest seller in the franchise to date and one of their biggest launches ever, with the company announcing they have shipped (not sold) 4 million copies since the initial Japanese release on March 5th.

Resident Evil 5 released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on Friday the 13th March and marks the first outing on Microsoft's console with sales split 55% to 45% respectively. Over in Japan however the results are reversed with Playstation 3 selling four times (278,000) as many copies as the Xbox 360 (56,000).

The game has also gone on to break recent retail records, becoming the newest All Format number one title since Call of Duty: World at War released in November last year. It has also gone on to sell more copies than Christmas number one, Fifa '09. Resident Evil 5 now accounts for more than 27% of this week's console game revenue.

Other games in the top ten have seen a big drop including Empire: Total War (last week's number one), with sales down 70%, along with Sony's AAA title Killzone 2 seeing a 53% drop.

Here's how the rest of the line up looks courtesy of Chart-Track:

1. Resident Evil 5
2. Wii Fit
3. Tom Clancy's HAWX
4. Professor Layton and The Curious Village
5. Killzone 2
6. Fifa '09
7. Call of Duty: World at War
8. Empire: Total War
9. Halo Wars
10. Mario & Sonic at The Olympic Games

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