December Was BIG - The Highest-Earning Mobile Apps in December

Ariel Ariel
Feb. 20

Happy New Year! December is officially done which means we can crunch the numbers and rank what could be the biggest month of revenue for the top 10 apps!

This isn't clickbait - The top 10 highest-earning apps earned the most ever in December. I'll have the numbers below.

The highest-earning apps in the App Store and Google Play in December 2023

TikTok was the highest-earning app in December raking in an unimaginable $219M of net revenue - meaning after store fees - from the App Store and Google Play according to our estimates.

TikTok's mobile revenue has been rising fast in the last few months thanks to its growth in China.

YouTube was a distant second. Its $123M of net revenue looks small compared to TikTok but it isn't. YouTube's revenue grew by 15% when compared to November and that's pretty big!

Disney+, Tinder, and Max round out the top five highest-earning apps in the world in December. If you're comparing, those are the same top five from November but with much higher earnings.

The Mobile Revenue Index confirms this rise across the broader App Store, having increased 39.9 points between the beginning of November and the end of December.

The remaining five are similar to November but aren't identical. LinkedIn was pushed out by Duolingo and Chinese iQIYI has dropped a few spots.

Together, the top 10 highest-earning apps in December brought in $785M of net revenue - what the publishers get to keep after store fees - in December, according to our App Intelligence. Compared to November, we're looking at an impressive ~10% increase and that's pretty nice!

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All figures included in this report are estimated. Unless specified otherwise, estimated revenue is always net, meaning it's the amount the developer earned after Apple and Google took their fee.


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