Call of Duty: Black Ops II Earns $1 Billion In 15 Days
Coming Soon reports that Call of Duty: Black Ops II has passed the $1 billion mark in worldwide sales. This is according to Chart-Track retail customer sell-through information and internal Activision estimates.
The game was able to hit the number in only fifteen days after it was released on November 13, 2012. Last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit $1 billion in sixteen days.
CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, said: “The release of Call of Duty has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years. Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined. 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.“
Since the game was released, over 150 million hours have been logged in online playing for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network.
CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg, said: “Entertainment franchises that captivate audiences for as long as Call of Duty has, on the scale that Call of Duty has, are very rare things. And it takes a lot of brilliant people working across many different disciplines to make it happen. It is incredibly humbling and gratifying to be a part of. In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place. That’s what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and that’s what we intend to keep on doing. This is an incredible milestone for an incredible franchise, and I want to thank every passionate, talented, committed person on our team who made it happen.“