Candy Crush Saga has dropped out of the top ten of the overall grossing charts on iOS in the US and UK just two times since it entered the upper echelons of the rankings.
The game has just celebrated its fifth anniversary since first launching on Facebook on April 12th 2012. It eventually came to iOS on November 16th 2012.
In the US, the game entered the top ten overall grossing charts on iOS a few times in December 2012 before settling into its top 10 position on December 30th, according to data from App Annie.
In the UK it arrived in the top ten on November 22nd 2012.
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From then, Candy Crush Saga has remained a consistently strong performer in both countries. It dropped out of the top ten only twice in both regions – first on December 25th 2016, and again on February 19th 2017 in the UK and February 28th in the US.
That February drop in the UK could possibly be explained by a problem with the App Store, which caused the grossing ranks to mysteriously change and value driving test apps higher than some of the top grossing games. The US drop has no similar explanation, other than simply being pipped by rival apps.
Candy Crush Saga is no doubt a mammoth success for King. It has spawned numerous spin-off games and a TV gameshow based on the series will begin airing on July 9th.