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 Black Ops II  grosses $1B faster than  Modern Warfare 3
Black Ops II grosses $1B faster than Modern Warfare 3
December 5, 2012 | By Mike Rose

December 5, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Although there are murmurs that sales for the Call of Duty franchise may be declining, Activision today revealed that this certainly isn't the case right now, as Call of Duty: Black Ops II managed to reach $1 billion in sales faster than Modern Warfare 3.

According to data from Chart-Track, Black Ops II made $1 billion in sales worldwide in just 15 days, compared to the 16 days it took Modern Warfare 3.

In comparison, 'Avatar' holds the box office record for feature films, reaching $1 billion in 17 days.

Previously, the game raked in $500 million in day-one sales worldwide, compared to the $400 taken by Modern Warfare 3 in the U.S. and UK. Analysts have suggested that overall, the title will see sales 10 to 15 percent lower than its predecessor.

If this turns out to be correct, it would make Black Ops II the second in a row to show decline: Modern Warfare 3 sold an estimated 5 percent fewer copies than 2010's Black Ops.

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Isaiah Taylor
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So the Call of Duty franchise is making "slightly" less money than it has since Black Ops. Still not sure if this has to do with the brand versus less people purchasing games for consoles they've had for almost 10 years.

Jarod Smiley
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Still amazing the small decrease is likely some fans not purchasing it every year, overall economy etc...Next-gen will likely give it another boost.

There's no denying, U.S in particular are still obsessed with shooters...

Maria Jayne
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Seems kinda funny, using the word decline in the same article as "makes $1billion". I think most of the industry would give anything to decline in that context.

Daniel Boy
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@ Mike Rose. I think you are still falling to Activision's number magic. Black Ops 2 made $500 million, and Modern Warfare 3 just $400 million. Smashing. Yay. Only that the $500 million are worldwide sales, and the $400 million North America and UK only. How important are the rest of the world sales for MW3? I don't know: $80 million or 120$ million? Do you have other numbers?

Mike Rose
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apologies, you're right - although rather than falling for Activision's number game, I actually managed to misread a previous Gama post. Still a yellow card on my part.


it was actually Activision that made the comparison, and I decided that it was worth adding to the article for those people who want to see the difference, whether it's deemed entirely useful information or otherwise.

Kellam Templeton-Smith
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I find the CoD games tedious as hell, but I can't fault Activision for continuing to capitalize on them; This isn't a series that's known for it's artistic merit and thought provoking scenarios. Past a point, i've got to assume that these just appeal to a different/younger breed of gamer. I don't know too many people that buy or play these, so blaming them for all sorts of gaming industry woes seems kind of silly-it would appear more like it's bringing new consumers into the fold (even if on-mic most of them are BM and crappy players).

I'd love for Id to make Quake V another arena shooter, but it feels like the skill-based FPS is now a niche genre.

Joe Shmoe
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The fact that MobyGames is listing the only credited work of Christian Philippe Guay to Modern Combat 3 is HILARIOUS. Oh and this gem of an article right here on Gamasutra. I guess they allow any Joe Schmoe to write articles on here...,526387/