Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Tops an Estimated 25M Units Sold Worldwide at Retail

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Tops an Estimated 25M Units Sold Worldwide at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 October 2016 / 61,754 Views

The military first-person shooter from Activision - Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - has sold more than 25 million units at retail, according to our estimates. The game has sold 25.18 million units worldwide as of the week ending September 17 on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game has sold best on the PlayStation 4 with 14.15 million units sold (56%), compared to 7.27 million units sold on the Xbox One (29%).  It also sold 1.78 million units on PlayStation 3 (7%), 1.75 million units on the Xbox 360 (7%), and 0.23 million units on Windows PC (1%).


Breaking down the sales by region, the game has sold best in North America with 11.81 million units sold (47%), compared to 9.53 million units sold in Europe (38%). It also has sold 0.43 million units in Japan (2%) and 4.31 million units in the rest of the world (13%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game has sold an estimated 2,397,253 units in the UK, 1,399,397 units in Germany, and 1,567,416 units in France. 

Here is how Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' sales compare to the other games in the franchise:

  1. Modern Warfare 3 - 31.12 million
  2. Black Ops - 31.02 million
  3. Black Ops II - 29.72 million
  4. Ghosts - 27.37 million
  5. Black Ops 3 - 25.18 million
  6. Modern Warfare 2 - 25.08 million
  7. Advanced Warfare - 21.88 million
  8. Modern Warfare - 18.25 million
  9. World at War - 17.58 million
  10. Call of Duty 3 - 7.55 million
  11. Call of Duty 2 - 6.20 million
The Call of Duty franchise has sold over an estimated 250 million units worldwide.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 launched for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC on November 6, 2015.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments

Mr Puggsly (on 12 October 2016)

If it wasn't so massively bundled with PS4 we might be seeing a huge decline. But, a lot of people might be buying it digitally as well.


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Mr Puggsly (on 12 October 2016)

BO3 on PS4 was mass bundled, it came with the entry level model for free. CoD games on 360 had special editions consoles and were more expensive. That's the difference.


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Mr Puggsly (on 12 October 2016)

Again, a free copy of BO3 at the entry level is not the same as a more expensive special edition bundle which is what CoD did on 360. If they didn't mass bundle BO3 there would be a huge decline in physical sales.


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Mr Puggsly (on 12 October 2016)

On a side note, I'm curious to see if CoD gets a mass bundling this year as well. If not, I predict a big decline.


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Mr Puggsly (on 12 October 2016)

Those 360 bundles of CoD were about a $100 more expensive than the standard HDD model (around $400). CoD on PS4 was free with the entry level model ($300 during the holiday). Its amazing you can't see the difference.


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Mr Puggsly (on 12 October 2016)

BO3 wasn't bundled with the $400 model PS4. It was bundled with the entry level $300 PS4. That's a huge point you're neglecting for obvious reasons. If BO3 was only bundled with $400 models it would have sold significantly less and you know it.


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WoodenPints (on 13 October 2016)

Of course 360 boosted other entries of the franchise but Blops 3 was definitely the one that benefited most from bundling in the franchise, there just wasn't any other choice if you wanted a PS4 you either paid $349 for CoD bundle or $349 for a standalone console, There were NPD months that the CoD bundle accounted for 90%+ of ALL PS4 sales.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

The 360 CoD special editions were basically like buying the game outright, they were more expensive than the non-HDD and standard HDD console. Meanwhile the basic the basic PS4 had BO3, so its obvious BO3 benefited more from bundles than any CoD ever. Kerotan thinks I'm taking a jab at Sony so he's bringing 360 into this. For some reason he can't see the difference between an expensive special edition and a mass bundling.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

I think you mean the BO2 and Ghosts bundle, those games were old at that point. That bundle was generally $249 as well. The PS4 mass bundling of BO3 came near launch. Again, you're try making an argument and fail to mention major details.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

Oh boy... you're ignoring so many obvious facts. That 360 bundle was launched in 2014, 360 sales had declined massively at that point, and those games were a year or older at that point. To the contrary, PS4's BO3 bundle came near the game's launch, at the entry level price, while PS4 is a very relevant platform. Again, this isn't a jab at Sony so settle down. Its more of a reflection on how CoD is declining in physical sales. You're arguing with me for no reason because I'm obviously right.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

Again, a more expensive special edition isnt going to move units nearly as well as the entry level PS4 with BO3. Its obvious to everybody but you apparently.

Youre only talking to me because you felt I was taking a jab at PS4.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

If those Xbox CoD bundles sold so incredibly well at a high price then why did they bundle CoD with the entry price PS4?

No CoD has more inflated sales numbers than BO3 on PS4.


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Kerotan (on 13 October 2016)

I didn't say more but that's besides the point. The point is they are all massively inflated so the decrease wouldn't be as bad as you tried to make it seem. All cods get bundles it's just the combination of BO3 (an excellent game) with the ps4 (the sexiest console ever) was too irresistible for consumers to turn down.

There were other bundles available but the public chose that one because they actually wanted the game.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

My OP was simply pointing out there would be a mass decline in physical sales without those $299-349 PS4 bundles with Black Op 3. You agree with me but argue anyway.


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Kerotan (on 13 October 2016)

I'm aware of that and I make the simple point that cherry picking it like you have makes no sense. Sure why don't you say if other cods had no bundle then bo3 would have increased even more. Fact is they've all been bundled so obviously they'd sell less without that.


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Mr Puggsly (on 13 October 2016)

Free bundled game at entry level price = inflated software sales. For example, Gears of War UE sold great because it was bundled with the $299 X1.


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Kerotan (on 14 October 2016)

Correct. And hyped cod games bundled with 360 = inflated sales. Those bundles shifted millions.


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Mr Puggsly (on 14 October 2016)

Those 360 bundles of newly launched CoD were never entry level price.


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Kerotan (on 14 October 2016)

Lol so the bundle has to be entry level to inflate sales. Lawd!!! Fact is the 360 bundles massively inflated sales. Which is the point.


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Mr Puggsly (on 14 October 2016)

The entry level price is what gave BO3 on PS4 a massive sales inflation.


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Kerotan (on 14 October 2016)

Incorrect. If that bundle was sold for say $20/30 more it would still move millions.

And the main point is, if those 360 bundles didn't exist those cods would have sold less. It's sales 101.


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Mr Puggsly (on 14 October 2016)

But the BO3 PS4 bundle wasn't $20/30 more, it was the same entry level price. You can't say that about the 360 bundles with a new CoD game.


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Mr Puggsly (on 14 October 2016)

A PS4 with BO3 free at entry level price is not equal to the more expensive 360 special edition bundles. But the $450 BO3 bundle is equal to those 360 CoD bundles.


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Kerotan (on 14 October 2016)

They're not equal to them all. But glad you're finally coming around to my side of the argument. I never said they were equal. I said they were major factors in boosting past cod sales. And if you're going to stop counting the bo3 bundles you need to factor out the 360 bundles too. The decline would a lot less then.


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Mr Puggsly (on 14 October 2016)

Your argument is high priced special editions sell really well, perhaps millions. If that was the case the only bundle for BO3 would have been $450. That would be very profitable, its amazing they gave it away with a entry level PS4. That's the hole in your argument.


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Mr Puggsly (on 14 October 2016)

The declining beast.


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Kerotan (on 14 October 2016)

You gotta love it when NPD comes out to prove you right. The timing... Surely this was planned?? Kerotan you mastermind!!


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StriderKiwi (on 13 October 2016)

Smack dab in the middle. Bet it would've done far worse had it not had Black Ops in the title (didn't feel like a real sequel to me).


asqarkabab (on 14 October 2016)

Yeah it was worse played it only for ten minutes and deleted it from my pc


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Kerotan (on 12 October 2016)

Excellent sales. It will hit 30m most likely without even needing digital.


thewastedyouth (on 14 October 2016)

everyone said ghost did the worst like a year ago and it sold 27 million!!!!


Metroid33slayer (on 13 October 2016)

Why are the sales lower for advanced warfare, wasn't it the first proper current gen cod?


V-r0cK (on 13 October 2016)

I've played all the CoD and BO3 is by far the most fun game I've played in the series. The campaign wasn't the best in the series but the MP and Zombies is such a blast.


The Fury (on 13 October 2016)

Great game and one of their better ones, it's a shame they have gone full sci-fi with the next and a shame it's so far sold less than Ghosts (wth?).


asqarkabab (on 14 October 2016)

Worst COD ever the best one was Blackops 2


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asqarkabab (on 14 October 2016)

Worst COD ever the best one was Blackops 2


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The Fury (on 14 October 2016)

Black Ops is in my view the best, then Blops2. Personal view. :)


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asqarkabab (on 14 October 2016)

@TheFury: mine aswell Treyarch is ruined by Activision with their BS policies


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Ryng_Tolu (on 12 October 2016)

Best COD of all time. u_u


shikamaru317 (on 12 October 2016)

I disagree. I didn't like Black Ops 3 much at all. Didn't much care for Black Ops 1 and 2 either for that matter. I wish Treyarch would go back to WaW instead. But looking at the sales, it's clear to see why they keep making Black Ops sequels instead of making WaW 2, sadly.


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Ryng_Tolu (on 12 October 2016)

Black Ops III support for the multiplayer was simple amazing. Lot of update after months and months, and some were also gratis.
The general gameplay is far better than WaW, and in general old CODs. Is faster, and more fun to play. Specialists were a nice surprise, some were simple amazing. The only bad thing was the single player, overall Zombie and multiplayer Black Ops III is by far the best.

Opinion. :p


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Kerotan (on 13 October 2016)

I'd say cod4 but I respect your opinion.


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shikamaru317 (on 13 October 2016)

MW2 is my favorite for singleplayer, MW3 is my favorite for multiplayer personally.


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asqarkabab (on 14 October 2016)

So never played COD 4 COD 2 COD UO and Blackops


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