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Top-Grossing iTunes Apps:  Tap Zoo  Challenges  Madden  in App Store Sales

Top-Grossing iTunes Apps: Tap Zoo Challenges Madden in App Store Sales

September 14, 2010 | By Danny Cowan

September 14, 2010 | By Danny Cowan
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Every week, sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming rounds up the top-grossing iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad applications, as current that day in the iTunes App Store, and this chart is now available on Gamasutra.

This week's U.S. revenue charts see the free-to-play Tap Zoo go up against Angry Birds and Madden NFL 11 on the iPhone, as Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars leads iPad sales.

These charts allow end users to see who is making the most money on the App Store that day. It differs significantly from the Top 10 Games chart, which is ranked by sales, and therefore is dominated by lower-priced titles that sell more copies.

Data comes courtesy of Apple's public sales information. All titles in the App Store's "Games" category are considered in chart rankings.

This week's top-grossing iPhone titles are:

1. Angry Birds ($0.99)
2. Madden NFL 11 ($7.99)
3. Tap Zoo (Free)
4. Slice It! ($0.99)
5. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition ($0.99)
6. Stick Stunt Biker ($0.99)
7. Plants vs. Zombies ($2.99)
8. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz ($2.99)
9. FarmVille (Free)
10. Words With Friends ($2.99)

EA's Madden NFL 11 recovers after falling to seventh place in last week's chart, and finishes as today's second highest-grossing iPhone game in the App Store. Angry Birds continues to lead overall sales, as Streetview Labs' free-to-play simulation game Tap Zoo earns enough microtransaction revenue to land at third place.

The Com2uS-published Slice It! maintains a dedicated following, while Gameloft's Ultimate Spider-Man drops out of the top ten after a strong performance last week. LucasArts returns to the charts with a price drop for Monkey Island 2, meanwhile, as newcomer Stick Stunt Biker beats PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled 2 for sixth place.

Here are this week’s top-grossing iPad applications:

1. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ($9.99)
2. Madden NFL 11 for iPad ($12.99)
3. Angry Birds HD ($4.99)
4. Tap Zoo (Free)
5. Scrabble for iPad ($9.99)
6. Yahtzee HD ($4.99)
7. Plants vs. Zombies HD ($9.99)
8. Real Racing HD ($9.99)
9. Fruit Ninja HD ($4.99)
10. Zombie Farm (Free)

Clickgamer's longtime chart leader Angry Birds HD drops to third place, as Rockstar's recently released iPad version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars leads over Madden NFL 11 as today's top-grossing iPad game.

Tap Zoo also places high in today's rankings, while recent hits like The Settlers HD and Puzzle Agent HD drop out of chart range. EA's iPad adaptation of Hasbro's Yahtzee finishes at sixth in its debut week, as Playforge's free-to-play Zombie Farm trails Fruit Ninja HD, Real Racing HD, and Plants vs. Zombies HD at tenth place.

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