Despite newer games launch in the Angry Birds series, Angry Birds 2 is still the top-selling game for Finnish developer Rovio.
Rovio's latest launch Angry Birds Dream Blast saw €6.9 million (~$7.7 million) in gross bookings during its first three months out, an income boost that helped the company report a 12.3 percent increase in gross bookings for its whole games business.
At launch, that puts Dream Blast as Rovio's third highest-earning title, just behind Angry Birds Friendsand its top earner Angry Birds 2.
Games gross bookings, a figure Rovio uses to capture in-app purchases and in-app advertising sales, came in at €65.8 million (~$73.3 million) for the first quarter, a 12.3 percent increase from the €58.6 million (~$65.2 million) reported during the first quarter of the year prior.
Angry Birds 2 continues to be the company's big earner in its games business, bringing in €32 million (~$35.6 million) in gross bookings all on its own. The company says that the game grew 48 percent year-on-year and has generated €285 million (~$317.4 million) in gross bookings since its 2015 release.
While the news is a bit of a surprise, given that newer games tend to do better on the current market than four year old games, the popularity of the earlier Angry Birds game is no joke. None of the newer series titles have had as much initial popularity or brand recognition as the first and second Angry Birds games.
Angry Birds 2 is available on iOS and Android.