Uh-OhI was very much hoping that this wouldn't happen (thanks to Dave Tyrell for the link):
According to UKIE, Rock Band 3 sold just 7386 units for the week ending 30th October. That breaks down into 5318 Xbox 360 copies, 1555 PS3 copies and 295 Wii copies.
As a result, Harmonix's tour de force spent a debut week at 26th in the UK all-formats top 40. Rival Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock finished one place below in 27th.
But Activision's game had a much better start, entering the chart in sixth before going on to place 14th, 22nd and 21st in subsequent weeks.
Don't bother sending me the spin on this-- believe me, I've tried to spin it every way possible. But regardless of the strength of the Rock Band brand in Europe, those numbers suck.
Here's hoping (there's that damn word again) that the U.S. numbers are entirely different. If they're not, then all of us who love this franchise better start moving through the Elizabeth Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief.