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Video Games Made 4 Times As Much As the Top 100 Movies in 2018: Here Are the Top 20 Best-Selling Titles

The video game industry made $43.4 billion in revenue in 2018, nearly four times that of the year’s top 100 movies, which made a grand total of $11.4 billion. A new report by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and The NPD Group revealed an 18 percent industry-wide revenue growth over that of 2017.

While the $43.4 billion figure was partially buoyed by $7.5 billion in hardware sales, game sales also vastly outpaced movies, with the combined sales of physical and digital games, in-game purchases and software subscriptions totalling $35.8 billion, or more than three times the domestic box office total for 2018 movies spanning from Black Panther to number 100, Proud Mary.

Video game software sales were roughly equivalent to 53 Avengers: Infinity Wars, 116 Aquamans, 190 A Quiet Places, 369 The Mules or 1,705 Overlords.

Here are the top 20 best-selling games of 2018:

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  3. NBA 2K19
  4. Madden NFL 19
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. God of War 2018
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  11. Grand Theft Auto V
  12. Mario Kart 8
  13. FIFA 19
  14. Battlefield V
  15. Super Mario Odyssey
  16. Call of Duty: WWII
  17. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu

It should be noted that The NPD Group did not have digital sales data available for every game, so it’s possible their top 20 best-selling games list may understate the performance of some of these titles. For example, digital sales data was unavailable for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which didn’t hold the game back from topping the list of December’s best-sellers. It’s even possible that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 narrowly eked out a victory over Red Dead Redemption 2, since the ranking doesn’t capture PC digital sales for the first-person shooter sequel. Noticeably absent also is the free-to-play, multiplatform phenomenon Fortnite, for which no sales data was available.

"The impressive economic growth of the industry announced today parallels the growth of the industry in mainstream American culture," ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in a press release. "Across the nation, we count people of all backgrounds and stages of life among our most passionate video game players and fans. Interactive entertainment stands today as the most influential form of entertainment in America."

Shortly after release, developer Rockstar announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 generated more than $725 million in worldwide sales in its first three days of release, dwarfing Avengers: Infinity War’s record-breaking $641 million opening weekend to become the biggest single entertainment debut of all time.

The NPD Group metrics reveals a number of other impressive stats, especially for Nintendo, which generated more revenue than any other games publisher for the first time since 2009.

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