"Call of Duty" sets five-day sales record

19 Nov 2011

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GameStop employee Bradley Duncan gives away “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” posters during a launch event for the highly anticipated video game at a GameStop Corp. store November 7, 2011 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Video game publisher Activision released the eighth installment in the '”Call of Duty” franchise at midnight on November 8. – AFP Photo

SAN FRANCISCO: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” raked in $775 million worldwide in its first five days, blowing away the record set by last year's release, publisher Activision said Thursday.

“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,” Robert Kotick, chief executive of Activision owner Activision Blizzard, said in a statement.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops” pulled in $650 million last year over its first five days while the previous year's release, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,”reaped $550 million over the same period, according to Activision.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” earned more than $400 million in Britain and the United States in the first 24 hours after its release, making it the highest-grossing entertainment launch ever.

That eclipsed Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which reaped $360 million on its first day.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” was released on November 8 and fans lined up at stores around the world to purchase the military first-person shooter game, the eighth title in the “Call of Duty” franchise.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” which was developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, picks up the storyline from “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and segues into World War 3.