No one had any doubts that Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II would sell big. Just HOW big it’d go, though, was up for debate. According to Char-Track and “internal company estimates,” after a little over two weeks of availability, COD:BLOPS II has managed to bring in over $1 billion dollars. Yup, you read that right; $1 billion.
“The release of Call of Duty has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years,” said Activision’s head suit & part time actor Bobby Kotick. “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.”
Ah, yes, Activision’s well-used “higher gross than Movie X & Movie Y” argument. Their executives must attend posh theaters that charge $59.99 per ticket. Since us little people only pay $15.00 or less, that feat is a little less impressive. It’s still quite a feat, though.
Have you played Black Ops II yet? Let us know what you think.