Activision announced today that Black Ops 2 delivered more than $500 million in the first 24 hours. This record beats the previous four Call of Duty games. MW3 last year gained only $400 million in the first 24 hours.

“With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc. “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. Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013.”

“Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it’s a brand people buy into. And every November we do more than just the launch of a game, we kick off an annual, unofficial but worldwide phenomenon called the Call of Duty season,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “I want to thank our incredible team at Treyarch for making an amazing game, everyone at Activision for making this brand a force of nature and our retail partners for their unprecedented support of this franchise. But most importantly I want to thank our millions of fans for their continued support and loyalty and for making us better every day.”

SOURCE: Activision Press Release

  • lMattW

    MW3’s record of $400 million was for US and UK only. Worldwide MW3 sold 9.3 million copies on the first day. 9.3 million copies translates to over $550 million worldwide.

    BO2 press release (notice it does not say it broke MW3’s record)

    MW3’s press release (notice it says US and UK only)

    Black Ops record of $360m and MW2’s record of $310m were also for US and UK sales only.

  • Jamostaro

    Good, now address the invalid PSN codes debacle.

  • Chatnooga

    They’re raping us as consumers , the games they’re releasing are trash ( multiplayer ) and they don’t care to fix it , but keep releasing until they milk the franchise for all they can

  • Stevetaylor1981

    Am I alone when I say that I prefer MW3 multiplayer I personally think the maps, sound, hit count, class set up and general feel and fluidity of the game is inferior to MW3. I probably am alone but I think the multiplayer is rubbish and I have loved every cod since 2

    • Jonathan

      mw3 was probably the worst cod because they never fixed anything once it was released and blops 2 create a class is way more customizable and accommodates any playstyle.

    • MW3 > BO2 for miles and miles. I still play 3, I even went back and played MW2 two nights ago. It’s still awesome.

  • Mattkessel36

    I was ready to give up on Cod, but I figured that I would give it 1 more try. I absolutely love this game. I thought Blops 1 and MW3 were terrible. The only one I really liked was MW2. Now, Blops 2 has the fluidness of MW3, customization of Blops, and the creativity of Blops.