Call of Duty breaking records

2009-11-19 08:38

New York - The video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is blasting its way into entertainment history.

After hauling in the biggest-ever first-day sales total last week, the game continues to break records.

Activision Blizzard Inc, which released the game on November 10, said the latest game in its Call of Duty franchise made $550m in worldwide sales during its first five days.

That would put it over the $500m record set last year by Grand Theft Auto IV, from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Activision didn't say how many units it has shipped. But Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian estimates the company sold between 8.5 million and 9 million copies.

The game is also blowing past records set by other media. After Grand Theft Auto IV comes $394m in worldwide box office sales brought in by the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince over its first five days, according to Activision.

In its first 24 hours on sale, Call of Duty made $310m in North America and the United Kingdom alone, while Grand Theft Auto made that same amount worldwide.

It was also far above the record $155m opening weekend for the Batman movie The Dark Knight last year.

The game, which sells for $60, runs on Windows-based computers, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.

  • JohannR - 2009-11-19 09:25

    Played the other Call of Duty's,but with a revied like this, I will most defenitely go and purchase this one as well...

  • Ghost - 2009-11-19 09:29

    And they couldn't include the abilty to lean???

  • Drukkie - 2009-11-19 09:55

    best online play ever...who needs to lean?

  • ian - 2009-11-19 09:57

    a brilliantly designed game. hats off to infinity ward (once again).

  • Sinudeity - 2009-11-19 10:09

    Modern Warfare 2 RAWKS! Def the team FPS to play this holiday. Looking forward to Left 4 Dead 2. Another one to recommend, is Dragon Age (RPG). Game on.

  • Alex @ Ghost - 2009-11-19 10:27

    Game wasn't balanced for lean. Get over it. No dedicated servers is a bigger issue.

  • GOFOFWAR - 2009-11-19 10:33

    God Of 3 will still be the greatest game ever released... mark my words

  • Mako - 2009-11-19 10:37

    Bought it, played it, finished it already...its good but very short.

  • Badbones - 2009-11-19 11:26

    DAMN STUNNING game ..... I have finished 3 of the old ones and now busy with Modern Warfare 2 .... ROCKING game, for all gamers out there .... Just get it .... do it DO IT!!

  • Sycogrim - 2009-11-19 11:47

    Well after the whole controversy regarding this game and ending up not being as bad as what everyone expected... Us at MyGaming played online and found that it didnt turn out all that bad... only problem was that someone with a decent line was the only person who can host matches... but on the brighter side of things this could also open up a new door for IW and Activision... lets just hope that in the near future we can bring back Dedicated Servers. Come check out the threads on our forum for more info on the whole MW2 saga Laterz ;)

  • Ronin - 2009-11-19 12:19

    I can't put this game down...Ive got the Ps3 version & the online play is mind blowing...
    Well done 2 Infinity Ward!!! U Guys Rock ...

  • Dracolusus - 2009-11-19 13:06

    What a load of dedicated servers and a game that is intended for multiplayer functions. We in S.A get over 250ms ping, making it a complete waste of money. No the 6 hour single player campaign is not worth the R400.

  • wizdumb - 2009-11-19 17:30

    the best r431 i spent this year on a game...well, pc game :)

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