Black Ops II nets $500 million in 24 hours

Activision's latest Call of Duty continues to smash records, besting last year's Modern Warfare 3 by $100 million.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II generated half-a-billion dollars in day-one revenue. Activision announced today that 24-hour sales for Treyarch's new Call of Duty game reached $500 million worldwide, according to sell-through information and internal company estimates.

Black Ops II cruised past Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was the previous top-performing Call of Duty game to date at $400 million in day-one revenue. Importantly, though, Modern Warfare 3's figure only accounts for North American and European sales, while Black Ops II's factors in all regions. Additionally, Black Ops II easily surpassed first-day sales of the original Black Ops, which netted a then-record $360 million.

In a statement, Activision CEO Robert Kotick said life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have now surpassed worldwide box office revenue for the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises.

Despite the success of Black Ops II, Kotick reiterated the feelings of forward-looking caution he expressed last week during a financial call. "Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013," he said.

Additionally, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said Call of Duty is no longer a mere product, but rather an annual worldwide event.

"Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it's a brand people buy into," he said. "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."

For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops II, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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musalala
musalala

Why is this game popular exactly? I have never played any COD , (scouts honour )not into FPS but its strange because I cannot seem to pinpoint why its huge it seems like evey other FPS game out there, can someone enlighten me.

ravenkiller
ravenkiller

see for people that play Cod and nothing but cod year after year (I know they are out there because I have them on my friends list) this is incredible news but for the true gamers out who play a wide games for a number of years this is the worst news you could hear. example Medal of honor warfighter bonifide Cod clone. another example 

Resident Evil 6 going from scary survival horror to explosive micheal bay action game. this is not good for the gaming industry. every game will soon be like cod.

SoulsofDark
SoulsofDark

Might get this when the price goes down a bit.

cboyuno
cboyuno

 @MirkoS77 People are born with survival instinct. People are born with a desire to socialize. People like things they can relate to. Therefore, FPS, multiplayer, and realistic warfare. There are many other reasons why it's a success but this is the big picture.

Paul2005
Paul2005

this series isnt ending anytime soon with these sales. CoD is going to continue making a crapload of money for putting out recycled garbage. i feel sorry for companies that actually take time on their games and make it really good and dont get nearly as much sales as this. I think one of the big reasons people buy CoD is because of friends

MirkoS77
MirkoS77

*sigh*

 

God this depresses me.  I've nothing against this type of game nor of those who enjoy playing it, but knowing the further impact it's going to have on the industry is just saddening.  HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in a day.  Think about that.  That is an astonishing amount, I've never seen anything in my life that has approached that kind of revenue in a 24 hr. period for a single product.  Activision must be swimming in cash like Mr. Mcduck, laughing all the while.

 

What am I missing with these games?  What makes them so enjoyable to the point they bring in that ridiculous amount of $$$ in such a short time-frame?  It is incredibly dull and mindless entertainment.  Don't people enjoy putting some thought and patience into games nowadays?  

 

I enjoyed CoD when it first arrived on the scene.  I don't blame it directly for the detrimental impact and influence it's having on the rest of the industry (that lies with the devs who copy it....who can blame them?), but it is indirectly responsible, and for that, I heavily resent it.

 

I don't wish death to any gaming franchise, but I can't help feel that I'd be a tad grateful if CoD disappeared tomorrow.  It has run its course, and we'd be seeing more innovation, experimentation, and originality if it were not so successful.

 

Five-hundred MILLION in a day.  Man alive....

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

It just won't stop. Each year it grows more and MORE.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

What happens to Activision when the bubble bursts?

alenth
alenth

Well is a solid shooter after all not great and not terrible either but the real downside in this game (franchise) is the horrible community which in my opinion is the worst in the planet after the WoW, LoL , BF3 and SF4 communities.

 

 

torres_unix
torres_unix

Numbers like that from a company like EA are simply that, just numbers, they're meant to be propaganda for potential investors, nothing more.  I'm waiting for end of fiscal year when EA posts their net losses based on their stupidity.  Other than that, Black Ops is a popular IP and this was an expected  turnout, we're in the era of recycled FPS games, much like the 80's was the era of recycled SHMUPS and the later part of the 90's were the era of recycle RTS games.  Innovation only lasted a little while at the first half of the 2000s when small and mid-sized studios reigned, before the millennial wall street collapse and prior to EA-like conglomerates.

frostyvenom101
frostyvenom101

wow 500 millon is 24,  brag some more about this scrap. just another hand and a gun game swing from right to left. everytime I seen this COD shit they brag about oh how they sell and blah blah. well like most say here if they sell they will keep making this scrap. its like a whole mess of lemmings following each other to go off a cliff. just keep falling off the cliff year after year for the same shit.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

further, to all you modern gamers - you know who you are.  You never played Quake or Unreal Tournament, your daddy told you how great Diablo 1 was, Raynor is a shaving accessory, you never used a paperclip in the original playstation to run pirated software, and system shock is something that happens to your fat assess after 58 hours str8 of WoW online.   you know who you are and you SUCK!!!  you are the addiction generation.  You don't play games for diversity, creativity, originality.  You play the same effing crap every damn day.  Yah you fat boy - the kid with no friends but 9 level 80 WoW characters and 23000 hours of CoD online.  you miserable human excrement have ruined gaming for EVERYONE!!!

 

I feel better :)

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

thanks to the 10 million gamers that ponied up the $500 million to ensure we continue getting recycled multiplayer and 5 hour campaigns regurgitated yearly in our mouth like from a mother bird.  We are now certain to be subject to more CoD cloning, persistently stale fps genre garbage and an utter lack of innovation in gaming for the foreseable future.  to hell with all you lemmings and thanks for nothing!!!  idiots

bmart970
bmart970

Good, it is much better than MW3.

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

lol someone got called a gamist in this post. all i can say is to each his/her own.

sonicare
sonicare

People aren't going to rush to buy some rehashed game.  Most of the games that sell well, do so for a reason.  I'm sure this game is pretty solid.

adnanshaikh
adnanshaikh

 Dear Developers , i just want to letting you know that i buy your product to play not to watch , next time increase game play instead of making attractive movie clips ....

botsio
botsio

I SAID IT WILL SELL LIKE HOT CAKES!THIS IS WHAT U GET FOR PUTTING MUCH EFFORT INTO UR FRANCHISE!EA SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS!THE STUDIOS INVOLVED IN THE FRANCHISE HELP EACH OTHER OUT!I HOPE THAT BOND STAYS STRONG AND THE FANS OF THE SERIES GET THEIR MONIES WORTH!THANKS INIFINITY WARD,TREYARCH AND THE OTHER STUDIOS INVOLVED!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Still haven't picked up my copy, I will eventually, mainly for the co op stuff. I really don't get online in the multiplayer vs matches in the COD series anymore. It's either full of 10 - 14 year olds shouting crazy insults, or full of people who have been playing it non stop, and found out every glitch, cheat, and best camping spots to take advantage of, therefore I get destroyed repeatedly. Not fun for this old gamer. Granted I need to step my game up, but I seem to also do a lot better in the BF series. Now I recently picked up Halo 4 and that game is really deserving of the attention. This time the hype is actually warranted.

Link3301
Link3301

How is that Treyarch that actually makes the good CoDs is unable to sell as much as Infinity Ward who makes crap like modern warfare 3/

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

 @Spiritwolf99 You wouldn't even have your pathetic, boring, out-dated, repetitive, piece of garbage Call of Duty if it weren't for Halo revolutionizing the FPS on consoles. Heck, if it weren't for Halo, the online gaming you know would be crap, or not exist at all. So i think it's fait to say that Halo is and always will be a FAR superior franchise than Call of Duty. And Halo 4 once again re-defined games with story telling, graphics, audio, etc. And Black Ops just put out the same game for the sixth year in a row. Don't talk like you know what you're saying until you know the facts. And that goes for everyone.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

There ya go, Activision officially saying that Call of Duty will come out every single year over and over again. Until it dies like Guitar Hero. Gamers are so sad these days. I'll be waiting for the day CoD bites the dust and I will rejoice

ravenkiller
ravenkiller

its official kotick has surpassed hideo kojima and shiguru miyamoto he is the king of gaming. (major sarcasm).

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

Top 10 best selling games on PS4 and Xbox next: Call of Duty. The dumbing down of the gaming race has reached mainstream. Soon, all games will be COD and Fifa only. 

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

Can't wait for Black Ops 10 in 2030! At least we'll have Modern Warfare 4-10 and Black Ops 3-9 to keep us busy.

UhOhJoe
UhOhJoe

Sooo many rustled jimmies down here...

hailthorn
hailthorn

It's nice seeing all the haters come out of the woodwork for this. I don't like Call of Duty, but you people need to get over yourselves. People obviously enjoy these games. If you don't, don't buy it. But don't whine like little babies every time the masses like something that you don't.

 

As I've pointed out in numerous posts, money talks. As long as people are willing to purchase these games year after year, they will keep getting made.

 

This blind hatred just makes you look silly. You hate it because it's the cool thing to do now.

 

"Oh, not true mister! I hated Call of Duty BEFORE it was the cool thing to do!"

 

Yeah....anyway, if you people hate Call of Duty so much, unite! Form a cause. Start a club. Create plastic cards, so everyone can be a card-carrying member of the "I Hate CoD Club." Then market T-Shirts. Market on TV. Market on Facebook and get all the likes from happy haters.

 

But most important of all.....BUY SOMETHING ELSE! You're the same people who whine about CoD and then likely don't support unique or inspired games. To reiterate: Money talks!

 

Personally, I feel great when I buy games like Dragon Quest, Pokemon, Mario, and Sonic because those are the games I enjoy. And I am going to enjoy them whether someone else hates them or not.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

 @AyatollaofRnR obama will bail them out and the executives will get huge bonuses and fly to washington on private jets to explain how it wasn't their fault.  then in 10 years, they will do it all over again.  

ravenkiller
ravenkiller

 @torres_unix you got that wrong the 90's wasn't about rts games it was about fighting games Mortal combat ,Street Fighter 2 and Killer Instinct. were the most popular games of that decade. preety much what cod is now.

Sardinar
Sardinar

 @philMcCrevis I like your emotional outlet, glad you feel better. :)

 

Also, I agree with you.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

 @sonicare so game sales are an empirical assessment of quality?  so no matter its merits, if it sells well it is automatically a good game?  i understand generally what you are saying but I sincerely want the extremely talented developers of the CoD franchise to sprinkle in some freshness from the ground up.  hell even porsche after 4 years releases a new and improved version of the 911 and that is, arguably (and I have driven several and agree) the hands down best car on the planet for its purpose.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @Gigawattblade As much as I have played CoD games before, the music never seemed memorable. The one you listed is average at best.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Link3301 The article states that BO 2 outsold MW3 and that wasn't including outside North America sales.

alenth
alenth

 @BestJinjo It doesn't stop you from playing other better games, and fifa has been around since 1995 back in the snes days, you must be new in gaming or you were a kid back then.

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

 @hailthorn Just as a point of curiosity, how do you know they don't support unique or inspired games?These comments are full of people suggesting alternative games (e.g. Dark Souls).

torres_unix
torres_unix

 @ravenkiller Thanks for adding that, but I did say the later part of the 90's.  Competitive fighting games were on until about '96 when the 32-bit platform wars began, but on the PC side, RTS was starting to bubble up.  But yes, I forgot to mention fighting games, so right now is the age of FPS again.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @philMcCrevis  @sonicare Jokes aside, I agree with everything you said. "Best-Selling Product=Great Product" is the first assumption on my "argument checklist" around these comment sections.

hailthorn
hailthorn

 @Xenrathe The word "likely" says a lot.  It does not assume fact, it assumes assumption., so I could be wrong. I could be right.

 

But I've read so many awful comments. Maybe I missed the more sensible ones.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @philMcCrevis  @sonicare They're all glorious IMO. Loved every single one of them. "Sooo how do you defend yourself against a homossexual armed with 2 dildos?" Haha

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

 @Henrique2324  @sonicare that movie was fricking hilarious...best movie ever!  or in Gamespots language, 7.5.  honestly the 2nd one he did Bruno was the best.  made me sick laughing so hard