Most Popular Apps: ‘Candy Crush Saga’ Falls to No. 2

Most Popular Apps: ‘Candy Crush Saga’ Falls to No. 2

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Mobile device users may still be sweet on “Candy Crush Saga,” but for the first time in months the game from Limited was not the most downloaded free app in Apple’s store. That title, for June, went to “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” from publisher Gameloft, according to Dutch analytics provider Distimo. The “Despicable Me 2” movie, released last week, was also tops the box office, taking in $82.5 million from Friday through Sunday and $142.5 million from Wednesday through the holiday weekend, the best ever five-day tally for an animated film.

“Candy Crush Saga” still did well where it counts, scoring the top spot in the ranking of highest revenue-generating apps in Apple’s App Store and coming in second, behind Puzzle & Dragons, in the Google Play store, too. The game generated 22 percent more revenue in June than in May among those using Google’s Android-based devices, according to Distimo. Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger remained the most popular free applications for Google Play users, with “Candy Crush Saga,” Facebook Messenger and Skype rounding out the top five.

Another hit game, “Minecraft – Pocket Edition” from Mojang, ranked second and third respectively among paid apps in the Apple and Google stores, the only title to make the top five paid downloads across both platforms. It was also the top paid download in the Amazon App Store in June.

See Distimo’s rankings of revenue-generating apps below. For the rankings of paid apps, see the Distimo blog.

Jacob P. Gutner contributed to this article.

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