Top Gaining Apps in the USA: Angry Birds Star Wars, Hill Climb Racing and more

Apps to watch in the USA: Which top apps gained the most ranks in the USA last week?

In this new weekly series, we use App Annie Store Stats to to answer this question:

Which commercially-successful apps are driving the biggest gains in downloads and revenues?

Our aim is to inform App Annie blog readers with data that allows them to be the first to spot trends that are happening in app stores worldwide.

With this knowledge of app store rankings, you can keep track of competitors, flag potential investment opportunities and keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the app world.

In this post, we’re looking at the top gaining apps in the USA. Also check out our other posts for China and Japan.

How We Calculate the Top Gaining Apps

These reports will higlight apps that have both jumped the most ranks and are commercially relevant (i.e. near the top of the charts rather than the bottom). We’ve applied two simple parameters to give you the Top Gaining Apps.

1. Calculated by number of ranks risen within the 7-day period of the last week. This being the difference between the app’s peak rank and its lowest rank in that period, for apps that have risen and not fallen in rank over time.

2. Filtered to the Top 20 apps only. It gets progressively harder to rise up the ranks in the upper echelons of the app store charts, and analysts are mainly interested in those apps that have risen to commercial relevance. So we’ve filtered it to only those apps whose peak rank is within the Top 20.

We’ve applied this view to iPhone and Google Play, Free and Grossing Ranks — giving us four charts to investigate.

1. iPhone Free: Top Gainers

Top Gaining App in the iPhone Free USA charts: Hill Climb Racing

Hill Climb Racing storms the iPhone Free charts in its first week of release

A handful of apps with significant rank gains landed in the Top 20, creating significant turnover in the top iPhone Free charts.

iPhone Free Peak Rank Ranks Gained
1 Hill Climb Racing 3 1000+
2 Guess! 7 1000+
3 MyCalendar Free 19 1000+
4 Icy Tower 2 20 1000+
5 Are You Quick Enough? 2 Pro – The Ultimate Reaction Test 7 400+
6 Storm the Train 18 300+
7 Gangnam Style Massacre 3 200+
8 Monster Galaxy: Exile 19 200+
9 Facebook Camera 3 100+
10 Aerox 3 100+
Data from App Annie Store Stats. November 9-15, 2012.Apps in the Top 20 iPhone Free charts that had the biggest rank gains.

2. Google Play Free: Top Gainers

Angry Birds Star Wars is the Top Gaining app in the Google Play Grossing USA charts

Star Wars flies into first place

Angry Birds Star Wars enjoys a strong launch week as it vaults into first place on the Google Play Free charts as the top rank gainer.

Google Play Free Peak Rank Ranks Gained
1 Angry Birds Star Wars 1 1000+
2 Subway Surfers 16 20+
3 Flow Free 17 4
4 The Weather Channel 19 1
5 Temple Run 12 1
6 Adobe Reader 16 1
7 Tango Text, Voice, Video Calls 13 1
8 GO SMS Pro 17 1
9 Angry Birds 12 0
10 Facebook 1 0
Data from App Annie Store Stats. November 9-15, 2012.
Apps in the Top 20 Google Play Free charts that had the biggest rank gains.

 

3. iPhone Grossing: Top Gainers

Tagged Mobile App is the Top Gaining app in the iPhone Grossing USA charts

Tagged Mobile App gains over 200 ranks to place in the Top 20

The top gaining apps in the iPhone Grossing charts all come from within the Top 100, showing relative stability compared to the iPhone Free charts.

iPhone Grossing Peak Rank Ranks Gained
1 Tagged Mobile App 15 200+
2 Dark Summoner 19 40+
3 Big Fish Casino – Free Slots, Poker, Blackjack and More! 5 14
4 DragonVale 8 13
5 MARVEL War of Heroes 15 12
6 Minecraft – Pocket Edition 8 9
7 Comics 19 9
8 Rage of Bahamut 2 7
9 Bike Race Free by Top Free Games 16 4
10 Hay Day 10 3
Data from App Annie Store Stats. November 9-15, 2012.
Apps in the Top 20 iPhone Grossing charts that had the biggest rank gains.

4. Google Play Grossing: Top Gainers

Angry Birds Star Wars HD is the Top Gaining app in the Google Play Grossing USA charts

Angry Birds Star Wars HD further cements Rovio’s presence in the Google Play charts

An impressive launch week for Rovio as two versions of Angry Birds Star Wars place within the Top 20 apps of the Google Play Grossing charts.

Google Play Grossing Peak Rank Ranks Gained
1 Angry Birds Star Wars HD 9 1000+
2 Angry Birds Star Wars 13 1000+
3 Drag Racing 15 14
4 Minecraft – Pocket Edition 17 7
5 NBA Game Time 2012-13 12 7
6 MARVEL War of Heroes 8 4
7 Blood Brothers (RPG) 1 2
8 Need for Speed™ Most Wanted 8 2
9 Legend of the Cryptids 19 2
10 Crime City 9 2
Data from App Annie Store Stats. November 9-15, 2012.
Apps in the Top 20 Google Play Grossing charts that had the biggest rank gains.

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