Call of Duty: Black Ops II sales top $1 billion in 15 days

By on December 5, 2012, 9:30 AM

Last month Treyarch and Activision announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II generated $500 million in sales within the first 24 hours. That’s 20 percent more revenue than last year’s Modern Warfare 3 and it appeared the latest entry in the franchise was off to a solid start.

But when the publisher failed to report sales figures after the first five days like they had in years past, many began to wonder if numbers were on the decline. Some analysts believed that sales were down by as much as 20 percent in the UK alone.

It turns out those fears were without merit as it was just revealed that Black Ops II grossed $1 billion worldwide during the first 15 days on the market. This milestone was reached one day faster than Modern Warfare 3, according to the publisher. They came to this figure by using internal sell-through estimates, retail store information and official Chart-Track data.

For comparison, James Cameron’s 2009 box office hit Avatar reached $1 billion in ticket sales after 17 days in theaters.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said the release of Call of Duty has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years. He noted that since the first game in the series was released, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top 10 films of 2012 combined.

Gamers have logged more than 150 million hours on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network since the title launched on November 13.




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Guest said:

What .. ah yea, Black Ops .. now I remember, the game I was able to see at a friend and it did not like. Good for them, I guess ;)

Sniped_Ash said:

Kind of ironic that Bobby compares the CoD series' moneymaking power to that of the movie industry considering that CoD through MW2 was pretty much "scenes from movies: the video game." Oh and that he screwed over good people at Infinity Ward because he's a moneygrubbing *******.

Star Wars and Avatar will be massive influences on current and future movie makers for decades to come. I doubt that [Annual modern military shooter] will have the same affect on the games industry even 6 months from now.

Guest said:

The multiplayer is a lot of damn fun, but yeah it's a shame what they did to IW....

I'm thoroughly looking forward to Respawn's first title, if anyone can challenge the yearly COD machine it's them.

Guest said:

Okey, good games, but looking how other companies than make excellent games with a hell a lot of more variety struggle to stay on the business......

Sniped_Ash said:

For the same reason that Two and a Half Men is getting a 10th season and Deadwood was cancelled after only 3?

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

This just tells me that there are alot of 12 to 17yr olds out there with really outdated consoles.

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soldier1969 said:

This just tells me that there are alot of 12 to 17yr olds out there with really outdated consoles.

You do know that it's for the PC too

Guest said:

Bratty kids playing 18+ title no wonder the world is in the pooh bin

jackal2687 said:

soldier1969 said:

This just tells me that there are alot of 12 to 17yr olds out there with really outdated consoles.

You do know that it's for the PC too

lol

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