GfK ChartTrack reports that God of War III has become Sony's second chart topper of the year, following the success of Heavy Rain.
The PS3 exclusive outpaced the launch figures of God of War II on PS2 by 2.65 to 1, but came some way short of matching the first week sales of Final Fantasy XIII - released on both PS3 and Xbox 360, Square Enix's RPG accounted for almost three times as many sales.
Speaking of Final Fantasy XIII, its sales fell 80 per cent resulting in a fall from No.1 to No.3, while EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 held onto the No.2 spot and was only 2,000 units from upsetting God of War III's debut.
Ubisoft's Just Dance drops just one place to No.4, while THQ's Metro 2033 can be pleased with a fifth place debut. Other new releases faired less well - Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening at No.11, C&C4 at No.12 and MotoGP 09/10 at No.21.
Friday's new releases include Just Cause 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition, How to Train Your Dragon, Red Steel 2 and what we expect to be next week's No.1, Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver.
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2001 ELSPA Ltd Entertainment Software (All Prices) Week 11, 2010
1. GOD OF WAR III
2. BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2
3. FINAL FANTASY XIII
4. JUST DANCE
5. METRO 2033
6. WII FIT PLUS
7. HEAVY RAIN
8. WII SPORTS RESORT
9. SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING
10. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2
11. DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS - AWAKENING
12. COMMAND & CONQUER 4: TIBERIAN TWILIGHT
13. FIFA 10
14. BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE - VILGAX ATTACKS
15. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII
16. ALIENS VS PREDATOR
17. BIOSHOCK 2
18. FORZA MOTORSPORT 3
19. JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME
20. LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME