Activision have announced on their official blog that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has broken the world wide 5 day entertainment record for record sales over a 5 day period. Smashing the likes of any film or other video game.
In comparison to the films industry, the highest grossing 5 day film record goes to The Dark Knight which took $204 Million dollars. Just below The Dark Knight on sales is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which took $202 Million dollars.
To compare Modern Warfare 3 sales to Battlefield 3 would be interesting also seeing as there was big competition between the two brands with EA officials stating that “Battlefield 3 is flat out superior to Call of Duty”, EA did not reveal specific sales information but they did reveal that Battlefield 3 sold around 5 Million copies in its first week. If we assume that all users paid $58 dollars for the game we can estimate the income that EA achieved. So 5 Million copies * $58 = $290 Million dollars which is still a massive achievement and again, beats any film record that has ever been set, although just cannot compete with Modern Warfare 3.
Modern Warfare 3 took over three times as much as The Dark Knight in the same period of time! The video games industry is booming, it is now bigger than ever, as is the Call of Duty franchise. Activision also revealed that the “Life-to-date” sales of the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded $6 billion dollars worldwide, making Call of Duty one of the most valuable entertainment brands in the world.
Modern Warfare 3 almost instantly took over the number one play spots on all consoles, instantly becoming the most popular. Microsoft revealed the following statistics from the Xbox-360 system:
- More than 7.0 million multiplayer hours were logged playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 by the end of launch day, November 8, a 19% increase over last year’s 5.9 million multiplayer hours logged playing Call of Duty: Black Ops last year’s launch day.
- More than 1.4 million unique gamers played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in one day on November 8 up from 2.6 million unique gamers for Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set a new record for concurrent players on Xbox LIVE with 3.3 million simultaneous users on November 8.”
Congratulations to Activision and all those involved in Modern Warfare 3 for making such a huge and record breaking game! Unfortunately with the huge volume of users, Activision’s servers are struggeling with the load and various network issues. Those suffering with network issues should check out our post here on some ways to fix yours or make it better.
What next for the Call of Duty franchise then? Obviously, like previous Call of Duty’s we have got Map Pack’s and DLC’s to look forward to! They are great at keeping the franchise alive and keeping the game filled with content. Have a look at our post on what classic Call of Duty maps we’d like to see in a Modern Warfare 3 map pack.