Modern Warfare 2 Sales Pass... One Billion Dollars

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 publisher Activision today announced that Infinity Ward's shooter has racked up over $1,000,000,000 US in estimated worldwide retail sales.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has exceeded our expectations and shattered theatrical box office and video game records," said Acvitision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. "There are only a handful of entertainment properties that have ever reached the $1 billion mark, which illustrates the power of the Call of Duty franchise and mass appeal of this game."

Activision has previously boasted that MW2's PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release on November 10, 2009 was "the biggest launch in history across all forms of entertainment" with estimated sales of $550 million US in the first five days alone.

Multiple downloadable content packs are expected this spring. Rumour suggests that Infinity Ward's next project after MW2 will be some manner of MMO, while other whispers hint that a third developer will be brought into the Call of Duty fold.

From The Chatty
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    January 13, 2010 7:28 AM

    What other entertainment have got to these numbers?

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      January 13, 2010 7:29 AM

      *entertainment properties

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      January 13, 2010 7:41 AM


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      January 13, 2010 7:43 AM

      Titanic, Avatar, Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and The Dark Knight in order of highest grossing to lowest.

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        January 13, 2010 8:11 AM

        Don't forget Harry Potter

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          January 13, 2010 8:52 AM

          $974,733,550. Nope :P

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            January 13, 2010 12:30 PM

            Some of the movies did get past a billion. And I'm sure the books all did.

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              January 13, 2010 12:40 PM

              You are sure all the books did? Thats comedy for sure, the sales figures I've found for the latest book, deathly hallows, is at 44 million. Times that by seven and you still aren't anywhere near a billion. Not a single movie tops a billion in the box office either, which is the number used in these comparisons. But with DVD sales it's easy to say that they all have brought in over a billion in total revenue, but thats NOT how these things are compared since the box office is the number studios are concerned with.


              I find it amazing that people claim things on the internet about things that can be disproven with a 2 minutes google search. Don't talk out of your ass on the internet, it's really not that hard to find these things out instead of just saying " sure..."

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                January 13, 2010 2:20 PM

                Gone with the Wind, adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation: $1,485,028,000.


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                  January 13, 2010 2:24 PM

                  Please, erase this. Pleaaase!

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                    January 13, 2010 3:19 PM

                    Its all good, thats part of the reply to my comment below, right..?

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                January 13, 2010 3:14 PM

                Actually, Avatar has made over $1.3 Billion in the box-office so far....

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                  January 13, 2010 5:07 PM

                  The thread left avatar at its first mention because anyone can see that its going to break records, if it already hasn't. I don't know why you are replying to my post about this considering I was talking about harry potter.

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                    January 14, 2010 7:54 AM

                    wow relax man

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                      January 14, 2010 8:35 AM

                      that is relaxed, if it wasn't I would have been insulting. Do be so sensitive, buddy. I really don't know why he was replying to my comment and I said why. Ya'll dont like actual conversation, huh?

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              January 13, 2010 8:10 PM

              Not according to wikipedia. Wikipedia never lies! >:(


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      January 13, 2010 8:28 AM

      Gone with the Wind sold 3 times more tickets in the UK than the number of UK residents.

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        January 13, 2010 12:41 PM

        Thats really useless and irrelevent. The F-150 is the top selling vehicle in the world, it even sells in the UK.

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          January 13, 2010 2:15 PM

          Activision prising how much CoD6 is "the biggest launch in history across all forms of entertainment" IS irrelevant. Video games are nowhere near the mass appeal of other forms of entertainment like music or movies. The number above means that the entire UK population went to see the same movie on an average of 3 times. What kind of game can be as appealing? CoD6 is aiming the 15-25 age male market. It isn't "mass appealing".

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            January 13, 2010 3:19 PM

            Launch is the key word though. How many tickets did Gone with the wind sell in the first week, adjusted for inflation? I don't like activision or thier inflated ego anymore than anyone else, but the numbers have been worked on their launch, it was HUGE, and at this point the only reason it will plataeu is because there is no box office for games, only sales which is more akin to DVD sales. Once it's bought, no one is going to buy a second copy for no reason.

            The other reason why the gone with the wind stat is irrelevent is because it was released in a time when there weren't home movies. If you wanted to see it, you went to the theater, which is why the movie industry still works the way it does despite how antiquated it is. There was no "waiting for it to go to DVD" or renting it. So it makes it such an apples and oranges comparison that I don't think you can make the comparison at all.

            While those numbers are impressive, and I thank you for bringing intelligent discussion, the key word is "launch". You have not compared GWTW's launch to MW2, only the life long box office, which is again, an unfair comparison and doesn't even match their claims.

            Before you reply, I have to say that Im not enamored with the numbers, and tend to agree with you in spirit. While impressive, its not worth going on about, and its a far stretch to start making claims about all entertainment instead of just games. Just looking at my reasons for calling your comparison to GWTW apples to oranges, I think they would hold up as an arguement against activisions claims against the entire entertainment industry. Cause, then we would have to start adding porn sales to the list and I don't know about those numbers, but I have a feeling they might do some damage to activisions claims.

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      January 13, 2010 12:16 PM

      Ummm, how about most of them...?
      You Activision shills are hilarious.

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        January 13, 2010 12:45 PM

        Most of "them"? "Yessir, i reckon most of dem 'entertainments' done gone an' made a whole sack load of munny, got's ta be in ther billions, don'tcha think?"

        Your terrible troll response is hilarious. "Most of them", lol. So by your reasoning, almost every movie ever made has made a billion dollars? Even Gigli?! LMAO.

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