I guess it’s safe to say that Call of Duty fanboys rule the world eh? Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has crossed the $1 billion mark in just 15 days! ONE BILLION DOLLARS! It’s not unusual for the franchise but everytime I read it I just cringe at how much money Activision is taking in to produce a game that has minimal improvement from year to year.
“The release of Call of Duty® has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “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.”
What say you? Did your $60 count towards the billion? And I’d like to point out that I’m sick of Activision comparing Call of Duty sales to Harry Potter, Avatar, Star Wars and any other movie out there. We get it … the game has sold a lot but to suggest it is on par with film as it pertains to sales and influence is dumb to me.
One purchased game of Call of Duty equals roughly 10 movie tickets assuming it’s still about $6 per movie ticket. So there are millions more people enjoying movies than your video game despite what your pockets might suggest.