Modern Warfare 3 Day One Sales - News

by Miles Taven , posted on 09 November 2011 / 64,662 Views

'When will this franchise peak?' Many asked this after last year's Black Ops defied all odds and outsold a Modern Warfare Call of Duty game (the very reason the series is so big today); a brand within itself. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Call of Duty has yet again broken industry records, but it's by how much that makes it staggering.

A reported 1.5 million people queued at midnight globally to get their hands on Modern Warfare 3, with a total of 9.3 million copies sold on the first day. The Xbox 360 version sees around a 54% share, meaning it's the first game on one platform to pass 5 million on its first day. The PlayStation 3 version held 42%, which is around the 4 million mark. Both day ones are only slightly behind Black Ops entire first week sales. The PC version and the Wii version held the remaining 4%, which is around 370,000 units.

As a whole, Modern Warfare 3 is up 33% over Black Ops' first day sales, and a whopping 55% up on the previous Modern Warfare. the US and the UK combined account for 7 million, which is just over 75%.

Early data suggests first week sales are on course for around 12 to 13.5 million. With just over 87 million Call of Duty games already sold on home consoles and PC this generation, by the end of this week the Call of Duty franchise will have sold over 100 million games this generation.

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ghettoglamour (on 09 November 2011)

Am I the only gamer that doesn't play Call of Duty?...holy s***

man-bear-pig (on 09 November 2011)


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hellboy84 (on 09 November 2011)

no I hate this game and we are not alone

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DakonBlackblade (on 09 November 2011)

I dont play it either, I dont like FPS games in general. I dont get this game, its a good game, nothing expetacular, still it sells leaps and bounds more tham anything else, do ppl realy like shooting each other that much ?

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kopstudent89 (on 09 November 2011)

Not an FPS fan here, but holy s*** indeed!

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Christian973 (on 09 November 2011)

No you're not alone dude

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alphagod (on 09 November 2011)

Well that makes at least two people who don't play CoD, I for one never touched the series.

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tripleb2k (on 09 November 2011)

After the crap they called Black Ops, I'm never playing a COD game again. I'm joining you amongst the none-COD players.

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DepthAlly (on 10 November 2011)

Don't worry sir, you're not alone! But we're a dying breed...

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Areym (on 09 November 2011)

How did we let this happen?

pezus (on 09 November 2011)

Come on, don't be a hater ;)

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Slimebeast (on 09 November 2011)

Can't say I am happy. One mediocre shooter stealing so much potential sales from much better games.

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VGKing (on 09 November 2011)

MW3 is mediocre? Its the best out there at least on consoles.
Funny I think all those COD-clones out there are much more "mediocre".

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lordmandeep (on 09 November 2011)

every game now copies the COD games. Now we attack them for being the same. Why won't a FPS shooter come out and really change things or do we expect another game changers like MW1 from these guys?

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The_Joker_Product (on 09 November 2011)

The PS3 version had a really good share of the sales. It was 36% last year.

Badassbab (on 09 November 2011)

"US & UK accounted for 75% of the sales" Well that's a surprise isn't it ;-)

yo_john117 (on 09 November 2011)

That is just insane.

Christian973 (on 09 November 2011)

I don't want to live on this planet anymore..

Ail (on 09 November 2011)

Looks like I'm the only one not purchasing BF3 or MW3...

oniyide (on 09 November 2011)

me neither, only FPS i want is Bioshock Infinite and MAYBE syndicate

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DonFerrari (on 10 November 2011)

You are not alone.

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sabestar (on 09 November 2011)

That's just ridiculous. Before, I used to think the only franchise capable of competing with CoD with these kind of fast records was GTA. Now, I'm not so sure anymore. Over 9 million in a day is just mind boggling.

sweatface7 (on 09 November 2011)

doesnt mean its a good game!

YoshMaster (on 09 November 2011)


GianCarmen (on 09 November 2011)

Can you break down the numbers for the Wii and PC.

oniyide (on 09 November 2011)

im sure Wii version accounts for 1-2% of those sales, PC3-5 maybe

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static360 (on 10 November 2011)

I have lost faith in humanity

Turkish (on 09 November 2011)

thank god I'm not one of those drones

VGKing (on 09 November 2011)

Funny cuz you have a FIFA avatar which is also a yearly release. Looks like you're also a "drone"

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toadslayer72 (on 09 November 2011)

Awesome, this should piss off the haters even more, I love it.

Nishy (on 09 November 2011)

The reason we hate it because it the same thing all over again. There is nothing new apart from the new map. Infinityward should've called it the New Map Pack insted of MW3

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DonFerrari (on 10 November 2011)

And sell it as DLC

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UltimateUnknown (on 11 November 2011)

lol at all the rage, but Bobby Kotick's swimming in money and singing: They see me rollin They hatin Patrolling they tryin to catch me ridin dirty My music so loud I'm swangin They hopin that they gon catch me ridin dirty.

Xaftz (on 10 November 2011)

Alright, what's with all the hate? CoD:MW3 is a great game. And just because I say that doesn't mean I'm a raging 12 year old, and won't spend money on other great games. I'm STILL planning on getting Skyrim, BF3, MGS HD Collection, I still play games like Halo, Gears of War 3, etc. PLEASE stop the Console wars, and game franchise wars... to tell you the truth, no gaming console is truly better than the other. Sure PC is the best when it comes to graphics anyday, but for people that can't afford a good PC, you have consoles... It all comes down to let people choose what they want, play that they want, pay for what the want. All these stupid wars are all really just a matter of opinion. So do something else with your time other than just going around saying "PS3 is better" or "BF3 is better" etc. Go out, get your games, have fun, and enjoy your own personal gaming experience.

VXIII (on 10 November 2011)


Araknie (on 10 November 2011)

I hate modern FPS with no recoil and regeneration health, and they call it realism.

BHR-3 (on 09 November 2011)

COD is the shit, im enjoying MW3 more than 2 but will always love BOps campaign more mainly b/c of the story, MP is fantastic as always still maintains its fun factor. will be interesting to see if next years treyarcs COD can outdo this one and what happens with gta5 if that impacts it at all if they launch at the same time

ChameleonX (on 09 November 2011)

Wow. Sadly that means less money spent on the other great games this holiday season.

pezus (on 09 November 2011)

Not necessarily, most franchises seem to be growing (holiday franchises that is)

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spynx (on 12 November 2011)

The game never sold this much in the first day. It's 6.5mill units

enrageorange (on 09 November 2011)

so after 1 week of sales it will outsell gears of war 3, battlefield 3, uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City, and Forza 4 combined sales so far. Tisk tisk tisk, get ready to see even more fps just become cod clones.

DakonBlackblade (on 10 November 2011)

CoD itself is a CoD clone if you know what I mean.

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DakonBlackblade (on 10 November 2011)

CoD itself is a CoD clone if you know what I mean.

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Remingt0nn (on 28 May 2012)

this game is bullshit it reminds me of street fighter( i love sf) but the installment after install me thing is doing is crazy..your not changing a damn thing its just..fuck it put it out they'll buy it because they friends will buy it.

Remingt0nn (on 28 May 2012)

this is nonsense gall of duty isnt even a good game its the same thing as mw2 and bop how and why gamers buy this shit is crazy

TheSource (on 11 November 2011)

Activision says 6.5m in US & UK day one - so maybe a bit high but still awe-inspiring figures.

chidori-chan2 (on 10 November 2011)

BF3 sells 4 millions copies day one MW3 sells 9.5 millions day one.. man, this is one worst days of gaming comunity... fucked up games industry this gen SHM!

swii26 (on 10 November 2011)

There aren't many good FPS on Wii.... sorry guys that's how i got hooked

oniyide (on 10 November 2011)

u poor person, shoulda got GE

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fedfed (on 10 November 2011)

You are not alone...never played. Not Interested in war and realistic war games when that is all we watch on Tv this days! And i think War is horrible.

Araknie (on 10 November 2011)

I don't about FPS, and i was a great fun of em in the time of 1997 to 2001. Now they're weapons with no recoil and regenerating life, and they talk of realism. FPS like this are s*** and when i see they sell so well i want to cry.

lordmandeep (on 10 November 2011)

Blame Halo and COD for this trend, and frankly now almost every game has regenerating life now.

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Mordred11 (on 10 November 2011)

Wow...just wow.

SegaWorld (on 09 November 2011)

Response to vgking > After Burner Climax, Daytona Usa, house of the dead extended cut on ps 3 have more fun, + Yakuza 4 and Sonic Generations . When you play all this and after you play cod mw3, i can tell you mw3 is boring and not interisting to play . Cod is the reflection of capitalism . Cod public dont know know the video game, theu buy with the marketing of activision . And the Majority of cod public are childs less 16 or 14 old

Chris Hu (on 09 November 2011)

So after one day of sales its already the 12th best selling 360 game and the 13th best selling PS3 games.

Chris Hu (on 09 November 2011)

@ghettoglamour I never played a Call of Duty either and I could since my younger brother owns MW2 and 3. OT those are some really good numbers.

scat398 (on 09 November 2011)

I play it and really enjoy the game.

GameAnalyser (on 09 November 2011)

Insane... Pretty insane sales!!

PlaystaionGamer (on 09 November 2011)

i won't buy this game.. i won't buy this game! i almost feel like i have too. but i don't want it! lol

NintendoFanDj (on 09 November 2011)

Big Deal til the same gameplay not much change but modes, killstreak, weapons, and campaign

Tbone (on 09 November 2011)

Crazy nothing else.

crissindahouse (on 09 November 2011)

i really like cod but how can some people buy this game every year? has to be boring to play a game series more than every second year.

MRKs (on 09 November 2011)

Wow it's just insane. Altough maybe is understandable, this is the ending of the MW franchise which like you said is the series that launched the CoD saga to the extreme fame. A friend of mine played all night yesterday and already beat the campaign (unsurprisingly) and he told the game was like the other but it really felt like the ending of the MW series.

Rainbird (on 09 November 2011)

That is insane! O_O

Boutros (on 09 November 2011)

So cool.

coheno (on 09 November 2011)

Holy monster! Didn't think it would rise THAT much from Blops' launch... So expected first week to be what? 13-15 mil?

hunkalacio (on 12 November 2011)

Amazing... BTW, just because some guys love BF3 doesn't make MW3 a bad game. Of course, those who don't play MW3 don't know what fun it is. For those guys crying about realism, go play ARMA games. That's realism. Us 9.3m guys-- we play for fun... MW3 gives us just that.

ScobY9 (on 11 November 2011)

source please? who and how is the sales data being tracked?

Kai Master (on 11 November 2011)

I knew that amaricans and britishs were into guns but 75% of sales is insane ! I would think twice before going to the US or UK now ! lol I was thinking of getting it (I never played a call of since CoD2 on solo in 2005) just to see and maybe play with my friend who is a fan, but today is Skyrim day ! Or should I say Skyrim month (100h+ of gameplay I'm sure)... mybe latter, I'm just sorry not being in the numbers for the record sales.

Red4ADevil (on 11 November 2011)

Ive lost respect for the COD franchise; not because its a shooter, or because its COD, nor for the sales, or even the genre itself, but because companies like Activision are milking the living shit out of their IPS for the sake of making money without having little concern about the quality of the games they spewt out. (on 10 November 2011)

recipe for a cod game= recycle previous game with added maps and slight "improvements" repeat ad nauseum annually

ScobY9 (on 10 November 2011)

source please? who and how is the number being tracked?

ScobY9 (on 10 November 2011)

source please? who and how is the number being tracked?

otherZinc (on 10 November 2011)

People were looking for something to beat Halo. COD was the best option, so people overrated COD to death and this is what you get: A scripted game with stupid AI that breaks sales records. Way to advance gaming in 2011 fanboys!

oniyide (on 10 November 2011)

Well to be fair, it wasnt like the Halo franchise had a wealth of originality either. Not as bad as COD

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lordmandeep (on 10 November 2011)

Lol I hate the argument that its all 12 year kids bought the game. Lol imo more 20+ year olds play this game then any other game as well. So the game is popular with all age groups.

UnknownFact (on 10 November 2011)

Activision just performed something rated R on gamers.

RiotX (on 10 November 2011)

How long can they keep these kind of sales up?

megaman79 (on 10 November 2011)

No doubt this game alone will give a huge boost to Nov. software shipments compared with 2010. That can only be good for the whole industry.

Fame_Mcswagg (on 09 November 2011)

Get down or lay down...bwahahhahahaha

Michael-5 (on 09 November 2011)

This should boost sales more then people realize considering Skyrim also comes out this week. Went to the store on Day one (by coincidence) and MW3 was sold out. This game is huge.

dsage01 (on 09 November 2011)

Wow PS3 and 360 sales really close looks like the PS3 version was undertracked by VGC (yet again) But for now I'll stick with Uncharted 3

kowenicki (on 09 November 2011)

Huh? These are global sales it won't be that close in the US. The preorder chart is US only.

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lordmandeep (on 09 November 2011)

I think it being the end to the MW franchise led to the massive sales....

mantlepiecek (on 09 November 2011)

Well......even after the campaign supposedly got leaked, the game goes onto sell 9 million on first day. Wow.

axumblade (on 09 November 2011)

People play Call of Duty for the campaign?

I was thinking the Elite pass would have thrown people off from the game.

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mantlepiecek (on 09 November 2011)

This should prove they don't.

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Krusnik (on 09 November 2011)

wow my prediction seems way off for X360 by 1 million

pezus (on 09 November 2011)

Holy shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh**t

gmcosta (on 10 November 2011)

I really disliked this game. The worst I played of the series. sounds and graphics, are really terrible.

sepulnation1986 (on 10 November 2011)

unfortunally this game is designed for X360, so for the US-gamers mainly! it has a metacritic of 90 (xbox360), 89 (ps3) and 82 (PC !!!)... crazy why people have to buy it! it's just an update to the other games! did you hear the sound of the game? you will be deaf after one week... but hey, if the US loves these games, i don't wanna complain! i'm not gonna buy it ;)

demonfox13 (on 09 November 2011)

2 countries which I was losing hope for (I live in the US), now I truly have lost ALL hope. That's ALOT of raging 12 year olds who convinced their parents of the same ol mediocre piece of sh.....t game when both consoles have so much better games that are also shooters(Gears of War, Halo, Killzone 3, Uncharted 2-3, Resistance 2-3, etc).

lordmandeep (on 10 November 2011)

Gears of Wars is already out, Uncharted is only on the PS3, Killzone and Resistance are not really great games and Halo has no new sequel coming out.

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tolu619 (on 09 November 2011)

@GhettoGlamour, LMAO! I'm not a COD fan by any means, but it's a very fun game and I enjoy it whenever I get the chance toply it. Spec Ops is my fav mode. I think it deserves the sales its getting, they've been very smart to release a Modern Warfare every 2 years and not every year.

Nishy (on 09 November 2011)

MW3 doesnt deserve this. This game is basically MW2 with new Maps.

Simulacrum (on 09 November 2011)

Dear god..Why?

AmericanAli (on 09 November 2011)

this game is a beast!

RoChartz (on 09 November 2011)

I got into a debate with my friend that disagreed with my prediction for MW3 to go Triple Diamond (30 million units sold and more) LTD. It's easily trending to hit that prediction. I'd love to see the figures when FY2012 ends...and...I should have bet him money...DOH!!

Munkeh111 (on 09 November 2011)

Well I enjoyed the campaign, and have already enjoyed spec ops, and am looking forward to getting pissed off at multiplayer Having said that, I would love if they took a break and didn't release another IW game for 3 years so that we would have next gen consoles, and then they could make it look so pretty that they wouldn't have to do any of that innovation stuff that they did with 4

dark_gh0st_b0y (on 09 November 2011)

the positive is that gaming is getting more and more huge the negative is that Call of Duty is just an awesome franchise, not the best of all

DélioPT (on 09 November 2011)

It`s just unbelievable...

brendude13 (on 09 November 2011)

Wow! Unbelievable!

Goddbless (on 09 November 2011)

Congrats to a great game. It's even better than MW2 and I've only played multi!

markimsoad (on 10 November 2011)


Marks (on 09 November 2011)

Insane sales! And BF3 did about 4 million first week for comparison.

morpheusx (on 09 November 2011)

I love how "real gamers" get mad because a game goes mainstream. The truth is the game may not be the best at any one aspect, but it is good at everything and well rounded which for most people makes the franchise pretty damn good. Without this franchise we very well may be saying PS3/ 360 What??? For all we know both consoles become massive bombs without it. Congrats to Activision / Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer / Microsoft / and Sony. Phenomenal numbers!!!!

demonfox13 (on 10 November 2011)

Are you really THAT reta........close minded?!?! Halo, Gears, Forza alone have sold very well even though M$ doesn't have that many 1st party studios, and I guarantee other games would have gained a further look if the sheep wouldn't be so brainwashed into a mediocre game. Examples would be Alan Wake, Limbo, Dynasty Warrior saga, BF3, etc.
On the PS3 you have GT5, Uncharted series, GoW series, InFamous series, Killzone series, Resistance series, etc.
Problem is a mediocre game comes backed with huge marketing, gets the 12 year olds hyped (and some stupid so-called adults who believe themselves gamers) that eat into this hype but dont give other things a fair shake. Imagine if we had to sit there every year with another same ol transformers movie with little to no change, and it breaks box office records?!? Then they stop making great movies like The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, Desperado, Good Will Hunting, U-571, The Hunt for Red October, The Hunted (tommy lee jones, benicio del toro). Instead we are condemned to another Twilight movie. Seriously people have to stop being sheep and give other games a fair shake.

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oniyide (on 10 November 2011)

That will never happen fox, simply because people have a monkey see monkey do mentally, very few want to break from the mold

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Crystalchild (on 09 November 2011)

i really hate to say it, but Black Ops' Multiplayer was somewhat fun to play (and i normally ignore shooter's, totally - not my genre) but if they somehow improved the one in MW3 in comparison, it might be somewhat deserved.

VGKing (on 09 November 2011)

MW3 is much better. Trust me. Although it plays the same, the game has a different feel to it(in a good way)

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VGKing (on 09 November 2011)

PS3 getting some Modern Warfare love!

OmegaRugalv3 (on 10 November 2011)

While it is ridiculous how much this has sold ... don't be haters ... the game is high quality whether you like it or not. People LOVE this game and series and play it all year long. Until there is another game that can beat its addictive gameplay ... this will continue and CoD won't have to "evolve" much because its does exactly what millions of players want it to do. Also it DOES have more content then most games have. Spec Ops, Survival, Single player campaign and of course multiplayer with TONS of modes in multiplayer. not many games can offer the sheer amount of quality content that MW3 has. So whether you like it or not ... stop pretending its a "mediocre" game because 95% of games out there do NOT offer that much content or quality.

markimsoad (on 10 November 2011)

Commercial trash... like backstreet boys or justin bieber... Assassins Creed Revelations will better than this game!!!

TakeMeToTheHospital (on 09 November 2011)

It deserves it! Amazing franchise!!

Reebokanonymous (on 09 November 2011)

What's up with all the hating comments? Obviously there are tens of millions of people who think this game is pretty fun. I played the campaign for the first MW and thought it was awesome. I don't do multiplayer, but I still think it's great that the video game industry has such a huge juggernaut as this. Now let's just hope that Mass Effect, GTA, and Metal Gear Solid start seeing some increases in sales as well.

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eastside49er (on 09 November 2011)

It deserves all that it gets. Great FPS. The only knock on the game could be the campaign. Not that the SP sucks, but that it was way too short. Everything else about the game is A+ material. Can't get much better IMO.

eastside49er (on 09 November 2011)

It deserves all that it gets. Great FPS. The only knock on the game could be the campaign. Not that the SP sucks, but that it was way too short. Everything else about the game is A+ material. Can't get much better IMO.

VGKing (on 09 November 2011)

For those wondering why Call of Duty keeps breaking records there's really only 1 reason. FUN.

SegaWorld (on 09 November 2011)

After Burner Climax, Daytona Usa, house of the dead extended cut on ps 3 have more fun, + Yakuza 4 and Sonic Generations . When you play all this and after you play cod mw3, i can tell you mw3 is boring and not interisting to play . Cod is the reflection of capitalism . Cod public dont know know the video game, theu buy with the marketing of activision . And the Majority of cod public are childs less 16 or 14 old

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hellboy84 (on 09 November 2011)

paintball simulator strikes again with dlc in 3 month...poor video game

eastside49er (on 09 November 2011)

It deserves all that it gets. Great FPS. The only knock on the game could be the campaign. Not that the SP sucks, but that it was way too short. Everything else about the game is A+ material. Can't get much better IMO.

sweatface7 (on 09 November 2011)

the only knock is single player? ya, ok...

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eastside49er (on 09 November 2011)

It deserves all that it gets. Great FPS. The only knock on the game could be the campaign. Not that the SP sucks, but that it was way too short. Everything else about the game is A+ material. Can't get much better IMO.

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Salnax (on 09 November 2011)

10 Million next year?

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