Black Ops II Reaches $1 Billion in Sales Before Modern Warfare 3
Activision Blizzard announced this afternoon that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has reach $1 billion in worldwide sales, reaching that milestone in 15 days, ahead of Modern Warfare 3 which climbed that same status in 16 days. It puts critics to rest on a sales perspective that the series was in decline, with an analyst previously reporting 15% less sales than Modern Warfare 3.
“The release of Call of Duty® has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. Since the game’s launch, more than 150 million hours have been logged online playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox® LIVE® and PlayStation Network.
For comparisons, the press release benchmarked against movies in the entertainment industry.
“Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined. 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.”
So there you have it, Treyarch’s risk of refreshing the aging series has paid off. But for yourself, how well do you think Black OPs 2 rates against the rest of the titles in the series? Sound off in the comments below.c