The Official Film Chart, the first weekly chart in the world to count movie downloads and disc sales, has been launched.
A partnership between the Official Charts Company, the British Association for Screen Entertainment and incorporating data from retailer members of the Entertainment Retailers Association, the chart will be published on OfficialCharts.com.
It will count movie downloads from services including Amazon, iTunes, Sky Store, Virgin Media Store, Rakuten TV, Talk Talk TV, as well as 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD disc sales from all high street and online retailers.
The chart will be announced every Wednesday and will be featured in a Top 10 Official Film chart online show published on OfficialCharts.com. The first chart, which launched on 7th November, saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the top on downloads alone.
In 2018 so far, UK movie fans have already downloaded over 15 million films, more than were downloaded in the whole of 2017. A total of 55 million video sales across all formats have been made this year.
To mark the launch, Official Charts has revealed that The Greatest Showman is the year’s biggest seller with more than 2 million copies sold in the UK. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in second place and Avengers Infinity War in third.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot says, “We are delighted and very proud to be launching the world’s first Official Film Chart including download figures and are hugely grateful to the services who are contributing to it.
“The Official Film Chart will be the definitive snapshot of the UK’s favourite movies on disc and download – for the first time, both film fans and the industry will be able to review the biggest selling titles every week across both physical and digital formats, which is a huge step for the industry.”
The Official Film Chart will span the sales week from Sunday through to Saturday.