MW3 Shatters 5-Day Record with $775M Worldwide

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By now this should surprise no one: Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is selling like hotcakes. Wait, let me revise that: it’s selling like magic hotcakes that somehow make you more attractive to the sex of your choice, thereby making them the most popular and in-demand hotcakes ever griddled.

According to a press release published today, the game has earned more than $775 million worldwide in the first five days since its release last week. MW3 has broken the 5-day record previously held by—what else—Call of Duty: Black Ops, which had earned $650 million by this point in its release. And the year before that, Modern Warfare 2 held the 5-day record at $550 million.

I’m pretty sure everyone who works at Activision has a Scrooge McDuck-style money vault, where employees are encouraged to swim laps before and after reporting to the office.

“With $775 million of sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in its first five days, Call of Duty has become the first entertainment property in history to set five-day launch records for three consecutive years across all forms of entertainment,” said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in the press release.  “Life-to-date retail sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded $6 billion worldwide, which makes Call of Duty one of the most valuable entertainment properties in the world.”

The press release also offers some record-breaking numbers regarding their presence on Xbox LIVE. According to Microsoft, gamers have logged more than 7 million multiplayer hours by the end of the day when it launched on November 8—breaking the record previously held by Black Ops last year which had 5.9 million hours. In addition, 3.3 million unique gamers played Modern Warfare 3 on November 8, again breaking a record held by Black Ops, which saw 2.6 million the year before. The 3.3 million figure, says Microsoft, is the highest number of concurrent players ever on Xbox LIVE.

So…yeah. Modern Warfare 3 is very popular.

In other news, water is wet, and potatoes are food.

Source: Activision

  1. ha ha broken record… record breaking…? never mind

  2. Im sorry machinima I tried to act surprised but I failed.

  3. Machinima Y U NO MAKE REGISTER !

    • Although this comment is not related to the article, I second the idea.

      • Then may I ask why would you want a register option on this small blog.
        If it was a forum I’d understand but now it doesn’t seem optimal to have a registration option.

      • Good question. A main reason is to make replying to people much easier. For example getting some sort of notification via email or when I enter the site if someone responds to a comment of mine. Another reason would be for to upload your own picture. Unless you somehow already can and I am just missing out. However that is a tiny little detail that doesn’t really matter to much in the grand scheme of things.

      • We have all the registration we need right here, folks. The reply form isn’t hard to fill out, it’s just two lines, three if you’re fancy, and if you’re on a personal PC you more than likely have username and password auto-filled when visiting anyway.

        I too want the forums to make a comeback, but this is doing just fine for me in the meantime.

      • Pixel, for some reason I can’t respond to you. I see what you’re saying, I would just like to be notified when someone responds to my comment instead of having to go back and check the article. And yes, I want the forums back so badly, I never really understood why they took them down.

  4. Do I care how much they sold? No, it just makes me sick that’s all.

  5. Oh it shatters records and there’s a broken record on the image…. AM NOT SURPRISED.

  6. Wait… Wasn’t it said MW3 failed to do this? Yet now they say it HAS done this? I is confused…

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