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'Modern Warfare 3' Is Quickest to Earn $1 Billion: Impressive or Expected?

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"Skyrim" won all the big awards this year, but it's not winning in sales. Activision's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" didn't just become the quickest game to sell $1 billion -- it became the quickest entertainment product to reach that mark. According to Yahoo, the game pulled in a billion dollars within 16 days of its release. That's faster than "Avatar," which held the old record of 17 days.

But the signs were all there. "Modern Warfare 3" pulled in $400 million on the day of its release, and $775 million within five days. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said, "Call of Duty has become that rare entertainment franchise that transcends its own genre. Core gamers love it, as our stellar reviews show. But every year, new people are drawn into Call of Duty."

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  • Aerosol Diamonds 2011/12/14 22:51:26
    Impressive
    Aerosol Diamonds
    +6
    Wow... you'd think people would have gotten bored with the same formula of these games by now.

    This is truly intriguing.

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  • Jake Montes-Adams 2011/12/18 06:07:07
    Expected
    Jake Montes-Adams
    Why is this a big deal? It has more sales because video games are becoming more readily available and more aggressively marketed. Did you expect as many sales as the original Donkey Kong?
  • UfunkAlpha Jake Mo... 2011/12/20 16:25:08
    UfunkAlpha
    It may have made at a lot of money but how many copies of MW3 have shipped compared to the original Super Mario Bros.?
  • Devin Pederson 2011/12/17 05:49:47
    Expected
    Devin Pederson
    +2
    It's Call of Duty...'Nuff said.
  • Fef 2011/12/15 18:40:41
    Expected
    Fef
    Video games have a growing audience compared to film and TV.
    Hollywood never adapted.
  • Ketel-One 2011/12/15 15:23:48
    Impressive
    Ketel-One
    A little of both, but expected in a good way.
  • Greenbay 2011/12/15 15:11:14
    Expected
    Greenbay
    +5
    Its gay game just majority of people are idiots and will buy the same game over and over
  • ANTI XBOX Greenbay 2011/12/20 21:32:50
    ANTI XBOX
    +3
    YOU ARE THE GAY,STUPID MAM
  • Greenbay ANTI XBOX 2011/12/21 05:38:59
    Greenbay
    Haha I am merry and stupid I am not
  • Ruger Greenbay 2011/12/24 01:12:40
    Ruger
    Buy it over and over because its awesome.
  • grok70 2011/12/15 05:09:19
    Expected
    grok70
    +3
    At $60 a game, digital distribution, and the proliferatino of the game on nearly every platform? Expected. But impressive also. I just recently bought MW2. I was dissapointed by how outrageously short the campaign was. MW3 may be the most bought, by skyrim is the most played because it has the most content. I'm very glad I didn't by MW2 at its peak cost, becaust after wrapping up the campaign in 5 hours, I'm now done with it and noone is playing multiplayer anymore. Back in the day I bought starcraft for 40 bucks, and it lasted me 10 years.
  • Pineal Gland Aware 2011/12/15 04:50:51
    Expected
    Pineal Gland Aware
    either way, games are far to expansive, 60$.........
    how so u expect any one to play all these new games besides "rich" people?
  • Mr.Hood... Pineal ... 2011/12/23 02:55:51
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    +1
    Gamefly. Check it out.
  • budgerigar42 2011/12/15 03:26:04
    Expected
    budgerigar42
    Well, well, well.
    Just as Black Ops was the demise of MW2, MW3 is now the demise of Black Ops.
    I don't have to deal with this long, (virtual) bloody feud,
    Because you see,
    I play Assassin's Creed.
    So I kill my enemies with this thing called a hidden blade.(or a crossbow or gun, whatever. sheesh)
  • Decipher 2011/12/15 02:53:53
    Impressive
    Decipher
    I expected it to reach a billion....I did not expect it to beat Avatar.

    Im impressed, and I'm a halo fan
  • Gangsta Pony 2011/12/15 01:34:17 (edited)
    Impressive
    Gangsta Pony
    Call of Duty and Modern Warfare sucks, come at me fanboys.
  • Pineal ... Gangsta... 2011/12/15 04:48:42
    Pineal Gland Aware
    lol im surprised no1 has raged on you yet

    im not a fan but like the C.O.D games,
    i think they just use games to keep peoples minds busy, that way they don't find out whats going on im out country
  • ShamshirMkII 2011/12/15 01:04:29
    Expected
    ShamshirMkII
    +1
    It's an FPS, and it's got (the currently) high-end (photorealistic) graphics. No surprises there.
  • kaka702 2011/12/15 01:01:01 (edited)
    Impressive
    kaka702
    wow to the people buying it.
  • Aerosol Diamonds 2011/12/14 22:51:26
    Impressive
    Aerosol Diamonds
    +6
    Wow... you'd think people would have gotten bored with the same formula of these games by now.

    This is truly intriguing.
  • Ruger Aerosol... 2011/12/24 01:23:42
    Ruger
    I for one am glad they went back to MW2 type,I got Black ops but its cartoon looking. I love MW3.
  • Aerosol... Ruger 2011/12/24 05:53:11
    Aerosol Diamonds
    I, personally, haven't been a CoD fan since the second one.
    All of them since MW have been fairly contrived, and cookie-cutter - providing just what people want in order to sell units, and not push boundaries.
  • Christopher101 2011/12/14 22:09:36
    Expected
    Christopher101
    +3
    What can I say.. not surprised....it's a twitch shooter. It's core demographic are young kids to young adults. Takes little skill but gives you your lovely fix of dopamine and is something to entertain you until the next copy of the same game comes out. Way to pull a Hollywood. I'd rate it a 6 out of 10 and that's me being generous.
  • IN A DIFFERENT CLASS 2011/12/14 21:23:47
    Impressive
    IN A DIFFERENT CLASS
    Even if it was expected, it is still damn impressive!
  • gabriele ferlito 2011/12/14 21:08:41
    Expected
    gabriele ferlito
    fifa is better
  • DSSSD94 2011/12/14 21:07:15
    Expected
    DSSSD94
    +2
    This game is getting seriously raped!! There are better games out there.
    SSBB
  • Jenna Smith 2011/12/14 20:34:44
    Expected
    Jenna Smith
    +1
    not surprised as Call Of Duty has one of the largest fan bases so not surprised
  • Aspect of B 2011/12/14 20:24:37 (edited)
    Impressive
    Aspect of B
    I thought everyone hated it. >.>

    {EDIT} Oops, the one everybody hated was Battlefield 3. Sorry 'bout that.
  • budgeri... Aspect ... 2011/12/15 03:27:31
    budgerigar42
    Battlefield sucks.
  • Aspect ... budgeri... 2011/12/15 03:34:16 (edited)
    Aspect of B
    +1
    See, there you go. Knew it wasn't this one. :P
  • Ruger Aspect ... 2011/12/24 01:24:57
    Ruger
    Battlefield 3 is horrible.
  • Soul Grinder 2011/12/14 19:40:26
    Impressive
    Soul Grinder
    +1
    That mask looks sick...
    mask sick
  • budgeri... Soul Gr... 2011/12/15 03:31:37
    budgerigar42
    IT'S THE FACE OF DEATH....
  • Soul Gr... budgeri... 2011/12/15 03:41:30
    Soul Grinder
    Or is it...
  • budgeri... Soul Gr... 2011/12/15 03:45:45
    budgerigar42
    ???
  • Soul Gr... budgeri... 2011/12/15 03:57:03
    Soul Grinder
    Touché
  • Ruger Soul Gr... 2011/12/24 01:27:45
    Ruger
    Damn shame they killed Ghost off in MW2 he needs his own game. mw2 ghost electrocuting a guy
  • Shakygun 2011/12/14 19:11:48 (edited)
    Expected
    Shakygun
    +1
    We love violence and manipulation of are society. I'm not surprise this game earn 1 billion dollars.
  • Steampunk King 2011/12/14 19:08:01
    Expected
    Steampunk King
    +1
    MW3 Is fun but I like Black Ops better :P
  • ANTI XBOX Steampu... 2011/12/20 21:34:14
    ANTI XBOX
    +2
    AGREEED
  • Ruger Steampu... 2011/12/24 01:29:02
    Ruger
    +1
    No way black ops looks too much like a cartoon.

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