Black Ops II Rakes Up $500M in First 24 Hours, Beats Modern Warfare 3

by William D'Angelo, posted on 19 November 2012 / 8,760 Views

Call of Duty: Black Ops II has set a franchise record, raking up $500 million in sales in its first 24 hours. This is a 25 percent increase over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 which made $400 million in its first 24 hours.

GameStop has also announced that Black Ops II has sold more one million units of the game in its first 24 hours. This is also the largest launch day sales in the company's history. Also Amazon has announced that the game was the most pre-ordered ever on the site.

"With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row," Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick stated. "Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful movie franchises of all time. Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013."

More than 16,000 retailers opened up worldwide at midnight on November 13. The game had become one of the top trending topics on Twitter in its first 24 hours in 23 cities worldwide.

"Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it's become a brand people buy into. And every November we do more than just launch a game, we kick off an annual, unofficial but worldwide phenomenon called Call of Duty season," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.

Black Ops II is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and launched on the Wii U on November 18 in North America.


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4 Comments

Kai Master (on 19 November 2012)

You can't compare movies box office and video games as you have to take the whole specter of the movies business : theater, DVD/BRD/DLC rentals and sales, and TV rights. On the whole the movie business is still bigger than the video games business ! And Call of Duty series can't match Avatar's 3B$ theatrical sales + all other business mentioned above.


lordmandeep (on 19 November 2012)

Also Video games especially like COD generate a lot of extra money through DLC's and Map Packs and such that most video games never get. So in reality, COD is most comparable to the movie business that has a lot of extra side income unlike other video games... Also considering the fact that even Halo 4 did below expectations I doubt Video Game sales will be record breaking this late in this generation now.


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Wonktonodi (on 20 November 2012)

money for entertainment is money for entertainment, even adding all the extra money Avatar made after it left the theaters wouldn't add up to world wide box office of the Harry potter series or Star Wars.

this one game series is bigger than the biggest movie series (ww box office only) doesn't mean games are bigger than movies. Just how huge this game is.


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D-Joe (on 19 November 2012)

It did not beat MW3 http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=623056 "Sets All-Time Record for the Biggest Entertainment Launch with More than $400 Million in North America and United Kingdom Sales Alone" http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=721903 "More Than $500 Million In Worldwide Retail Sales In First 24 Hours" and didn't talk about any record Not just me,eurogamer also notice this: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-11-16-cod-black-ops-2-earns-more-money-in-24-hours-than-black-ops-1-modern-warfare-3 "Black Ops 2, released Tuesday, earned an estimated $500 million worldwide in one day. That's higher than Modern Warfare 3's $400 million from 6.5 million day-one sales, but those were in the UK and US only: Black Ops 2's sales were worldwide." Plus,BO2's UK first week lower than MW3/BO/MW2


Kai Master (on 19 November 2012)

Great comment, I was sure the series was not anymore on the rise, my friends dropped the series and myself just tried the series with MW3 (I bought it) but didn't like. I'm not the center of the world but I think that's a sign.


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lordmandeep (on 19 November 2012)

Does it need to rise more, it already is more sucessful then all of the games out there apart from perhaps Grand Theft Auto and Wii games.


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Mojammer (on 19 November 2012)

I noticed this as well. It will come out when they release the 5 day figures because MW3's first 5 days was $775 million worldwide.

And if you search "MW3 9.3 million" there are a ton of places that say first day sales worldwide was 9.3M, which translates to over $550 million.


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pooryashey (on 20 November 2012)

I am not agree whit you kai master , The record of avatar is very much for a movie but you cant release a avatar every year but In Video Game business its common.


Kai Master (on 26 November 2012)

Avatar is not the only one : each year a few movies sells more than $1B in theaters plus add all the extras (DVD, TV), not even CoDs can match big movies. CoD sales are 50% done on launch week or so, so LTD it will make something like $1B which can't match biggest movies. And on the whole the movie business is still bigger, even the music business (people alays forgot the whole music business with radio rights, etc. (countrary to what the majors try to say, the music business has never been so whealthy, as the movie business)


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lordmandeep (on 19 November 2012)

However to the previous comments, the sales for COD BO are well above anything else this year especially when sales have been so down this year. Also Video games especially like COD generate a lot of extra money through DLC's and Map Packs and such that most video games never get. So in reality, COD is most comparable to the movie business that has a lot of extra side income unlike other video games... Also considering the fact that even Halo 4 did below expectations I doubt Video Game sales will be record breaking this late in this generation now.