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Bad box office sales blamed on Halo 3

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357w ago - It's been the worst October for North American movie ticket sales in years, and industry executives are pointing the finger at Master Chief.

Total cinema ticket sales in North America for the weekend of October 5 were a relatively meager $80 million--the worst results for an October weekend since 1999, reports Advertising Age.

Industry executives are wagging the finger at blockbuster game Halo 3, which was released in the US on September 26, made $170 million in its first day on sale, and at the last count, had made its creators Bungie and Microsoft more than $300 million.

But Bungie's gain is apparently the movie theatres' loss. Mike Hickey, an analyst at Janco Partners, commented, "The audience on this game is the 18-to-34 demographic, similar to what you'd see in cinemas. This could last for several weeks."

The Advertising Age article continues to warn that another box office drought may be ahead, as the release of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV looms in the distance--current ETA the first quarter of 2008.
 

European Sales Charts

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357w ago - The latest Euro sales charts are in and here they are for your PS3News viewing pleasure:

BRITAIN*

1. FIFA 2008
2. Project Gotham Racing 4
3. Halo 3
4. Ratatouille
5. MySims
6. PGA Tour 08
7. Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
8. Resistance Fall of Man
9. Wii Play
10. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training

*note: British sales charts combine all-format sales

GERMANY

1. FIFA 08 (PS2)
2. Settlers of Catan (PC)
3. FIFA 08 (PC)
4. Halo 3
5. FIFA 08 (360)
6. More Brain Training
7. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
8. The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
9. Brain Training
10. Pokemond Diamond

SPAIN

1. FIFA 08 (PS2)
2. FIFA 08 (PS3)
3. My Sims (DS)
4. Halo 3
5. FIFA 08 (PSP)
6. WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2007 (PS2)
7. FIFA 08 (PC)
8. Heavenly Sword
9. More Brain Training
10. Sims 2: Bon Voyage

[charts courtesy of GfK & ChartTrack]
 

Sony’s new PSP: will it steal the DS lead?

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358w ago - Sony is launching the new Star Wars Battlefront PSP entertainment pack today. Is this going to turn the tide against the Nintendo DS, which has been outselling the PSP by 2-to-1? Not likely. It's nice that it comes in new colors and in interesting new bundles, like the new Star Wars Battlefront bundle that is available today. It's good that the PSP is a third lighter. But issues remain with the UMD disc format and the ease with which you can turn this device into a music and video player. The video out feature where you can take the image on the PSP and display it on a TV set is nice, but those images weren't really meant to look nice on an HDTV. Hence, the value of that application is limited.

Here's Sony's information:

With the Star Wars franchise being one of the world's most beloved, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) is excited to announce today the availability of the limited-edition Star Wars Battlefront® PSP Entertainment Pack, which features the newly enhanced PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system in "Ceramic White" with a Darth Vader silkscreen on the back of the unit. The package, available for $199.99 (MSRP), also includes the highly anticipated game, Star Wars Battlefront®: Renegade Squadronâ„¢, an exclusive to the PSP system.

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