Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Grosses 1 Billion Dollars

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has grossed a small $1 billion in its first 15 days of release; this was gladly announced today by Activision. Not only is that an impressive number, but it breaks Modern Warfare 3’s 16-day record. So much for Call of Duty on the downwards slide?

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Once again Call of Duty is now sitting proudly above the big film blockbuster‘s in terms of opening takings, this is astounding since financial analysts were  stating that Black Ops 2 sales were 15% less than its previous Call of Duty sibling. Now this makes us wonder, has it sold more copies than its predecessor? Or could the record number of pre-orders possibly have sent this official grossing number sky-high?

Analyst firm Sterne Agee stated back in November ““We believe unit sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops II are tracking down double digits year-over-year… Our checks show initial sales of CoD: Black Ops II at some retailers were down as much as 20 percent. Subsequently, it appears sales of CoD did pick up a bit over the Thanksgiving holiday. We think the current sales curve suggests CoD: Black Ops II unit sales in its first year could ultimately be down 10 percent to 15 percent year-over-year,” Which was originally reported by Gamesindustry.  So the question remains are the analysts horribly wrong? Or has something been miscalculated?

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Remember Black Ops 2 also beat Modern Warfare 3 on day-one sales by $100 million. From all accounts this looks to be the biggest Call of Duty in history, if the numbers are lower than previous years, yet they have still grossed more, I call hacks. Mind you Call of Duty did go head-to-head with Halo 4 this year, so a slight dip in sales were to be expected, but since Halo 4 is console exclusive to Xbox the variation could have been only slight.

Speculate all we want, the fact is and the numbers don’t like, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a definite success…On 10th Prestige. Our very own George “Wild Beard” Sinclair reviewed Black Ops 2 and you can check out his review right here.

Source: IGN

 Jamie Briggs manages Analog Addiction where you can find all his latest reviews, interviews and features and also like them on Facebook. Also follow his daily life on Twitter @AnalogAddiction and their videos on YouTube.

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