Modern Warfare 2 makes $1bn in two months

Activision Blizzard says video game sales have ‘exceeded our expectations’

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Modern Warfare 2 makes $1bn in two months Activision Blizzard says Modern Warfare 2 sales have exceeded expectations.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  January 14, 2010

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the sequel to a game that sold more than 13 million copies around the world, has already crossed $1 billion in global retail sales since its launch in November according to internal estimates by publisher Activision Blizzard.

 In the first five days of its launch, the game is believed to have sold an estimated $550 million worldwide, towering over five-day worldwide theatrical box office gross figures for films such as Avatar and The Dark Night.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has exceeded our expectations and shattered theatrical box office and video game records," said Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "There are only a handful of entertainment properties that have ever reached the $1 billion mark, which illustrates the power of the Call of Duty franchise and mass appeal of this game."

There were concerns initially that the sequel, an action-packed shooter in which the player takes on the role of US and UK special forces, might suffer the same fate as its predecessor Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which was banned in Gulf states.

Local distributors however reassured fans that the game would be on sale for Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox 360 and PC platforms.

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