Emerging top grossing iOS apps: NBA Game Time, Slotomania, Bejeweled Blitz

There was little change in the top grossing charts this week with both the iPhone and the iPad charts dominated by older apps that have already established their popularity. With the exception of a new hidden object game from Big Fish Games, the top grossing charts this week were mostly a jostling match in which previous hits battled for supremacy.

This week’s top grossing iPhone Apps 

[Update] Poker by Zynga – In a week with not much changeover, it’s no surprise to see Zynga’s popular Poker by Zynga app leading the iOS charts in the No. 3 position. Zynga last updated the app on Dec. 9 to remove the chip limit, enhance the avatar system and allow players to create a Poker by Zynga account without a Facebook account.

[Update] Tiny Tower – Nimblebit’s Tiny Tower remains near the top of the charts after it was picked as the iTunes iPhone game of the year. Currently the No. 4 top-grosser, the app has been downloaded more than 1 million times and is now seeing 10 million user sessions a day.

NBA Game Time 2011-2012 – With basketball season underway, the NBA’s official app is starting to make solid headway on the top grossing charts, rising from the low sixties on the top grossing apps list to the No. 5 position it holds today. Like many sports companion apps we’ve covered before, NBA Game Time 2011-2012 allows users to track news, stats and scores from the NBA. Optional in-app purchases unlock further premium features like live-streaming of games, video highlights and recaps.

[Update] Infinity Blade II – Chair Entertainment’s Infinity Blade II slips slightly down the top grossing charts to the No. 11 spot without losing too much steam. A smash hit since its release, Chair Entertainment’s parent company Epic Games just revealed the game has already earned more than $5 million since its release, setting a new monthly high-water mark for a top grossing iOS app.

[Update] Zombie Farm – The Playforge’s hit Zombie Farm closes out our top grossing iPhones chart this week in the No. 16 position. The free-to-play farming game with an undead twist was most recently updated on Jan. 9, adding a new polar bear pet and winter themed farm decorations.

This week’s top grossing iPad Apps

Slotomania HD – Playtika’s slots game continues to monetize well on mobile, with both the iPad and iPhone versions of the game showing up on the top grossing iPad charts this week. Slotomania HD narrowly edges the original Slotomania, No. 10 to No. 18. The free-to-play game features a variety of cartoony slot games and was updated on Jan. 7 to add two more.

[Update] Smurfs’ Village – Capcom’s Beeline Interactive continues to perform strongly with its game Smurfs’ Village. This week’s No. 13 top grossing iPad app, the game received a minor update on Jan. 9 to add orange decorations and to roll out bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Bejeweled Blitz – EA PopCap’s new standalone, universal version of Bejeweled Blitz takes the No. 37 position on the top grossing iPad charts as the result of some impressive in-app purchases. While the game’s most popular in-app purchase is a $0.99 item, the some of the game’s most expensive purchases have been outperforming cheaper ones, with $19.99 and $49.99 options currently sitting as the No. 5 and No. 6 most popular in-app purchases.

[Update] The New Yorker Magazine – One of the most popular Newsstand apps, The New Yorker Magazine squeaks into the top grossing iPad charts this week in the No. 44 position. The app is free to download and monetizes through in-app purchases of the magazine, $4.99 for back issues, $5.99 for the most recent issue and $59.99 for a year subscription.

Voodoo Whisperer: Curse of A Legend – In the No. 48 spot is the first new app we were able to find anywhere in the top 50 top grossing iPhone and iPad apps this week: Big Fish Games’ latest hidden object game, Voodoo Whisperer: Curse of A Legend. As with all of the developer’s titles, the app is free to download, but the full game must be purchased with an in-app purchase, either $4.99 for the full game or $6.99 for the special edition, which comes with bonus gameplay and a strategy guide.