Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hit the insane billion-dollar mark and although some analysts were skeptical, Activision was always confident this year's Black Ops would also hit the lofty plateau.

And so it has. Activision has announced that Treyarch's popular shooter has dragged in $1 billion in revenue since the game hit store shelves on November 9. Only one other product in the entertainment world has managed to hit a billion dollars that quickly; James Cameron's blockbuster film, "Avatar." In the first 24 hours, 5.6 million gamers worldwide picked up the latest CoD entry, which translated to $360 million in sales. After the first five days, the number reached $650 million; all such early stats were actually better than MW2. And of course, as you might expect, people haven't bought the game to let it sit and gather dust: Activision claims that 600 million hours have been logged online thus far. The numbers are huge, as expected, and Activision will try to do it again at the end of 2011, when the newest Call of Duty will drop. Evidently, it's Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 3 , which has another legitimate shot at that billion bucks.

We've also heard about a few other CoD titles that may or may not be huge but at this rate, just about anything with "Call of Duty" in the title is bound to hit big.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops

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BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Oh great, now Kotex will get to raid & cash out tons more of Anti-vision's stock options.

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

Don't give the general public so much credit. Most gamers are far less informed than us fellows at psxe. Unless something actually impresses the public as much as the cod franchise, the only thing that'll get toppled in their offices are yesteryears ego.

Either way, that's an INCREDIBLE amount of cash for software that is merely a game!

TheCrazyMerc
TheCrazyMerc
9 years ago

You know whats worse than CoD, Justin Beiber XD!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

I have to wonder how these numbers would have been impacted if COD Black Ops was reviewed under the same microscope as GT5..

Inception
Inception
9 years ago

Polyphony would make a great COD

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Not necessarily.

NoOneSpecial
NoOneSpecial
9 years ago

Different developers have different strong suits. For example, I couldn't ever imagine how Naughty Dog might make a Guitar Hero-esque game. (theoretically, of course)

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

It would take decades though Inception!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Think about it you COD players…

The PS3 online feature is not where it should be, the 360 version has been said to be superior to the PS3 version, and yet…

The review didn't change, nor was it DISSECTED like GT5.

manofchao5
manofchao5
9 years ago

@MrGrinch
you kidding me, naughty dog would never be dumb enough to waste all their great talent on a game as simple as guitar hero
they would spend their time on a fps, racing, hell anything is better than a rock simulation game!

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

Which company was it that said that they were going to come up with a title that would top this?

I still haven't played a COD yet, but even that is a high benchmark to top….

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dude, all seriously mediocre games compared to their console exclusive counterparts. They hardly even look next gen. I think the sales are due to multiplayer, they make the multiplayer really fun.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

have to disagree man cod4 did set the standard for fps games

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Godslim, i popped MW1 in the other day just to see what all he hubub was about then, the freakin game looks like a PS2 game in comparison to even most multiplats now. Its a terrible looking game and the game play, while i had fun with it then, is nothing compared to Killzone 2. I can put Killzone 2 in and still have fun, I ended up turning MW1 off after 2 minutes.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Jawknee –

You wouldn't expect that if you looked at the reviews..

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Yea I don't get. Of course I'm exaggerating about it looking like a PS2 game but compared to a lot of games from 2009, 2010 and what's coming in 2011, it looks last gen. The gameplay was a lot of fun when it was the only PS3 game I had but I can't get into it anymore. Maybe I'm just over it. Moved on.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

tbf tho man it did come out in 2007 that was like 3 years ago now and yeh aggree about the graphics now they do show their age i went back to it and thought the same but gameplay is still brilliant and the mp is still very fun

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Fair enough but Drakes Fortune makes it look like a last gen game and it too is from 2007. 🙂

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

jawk, that game released in 2007. its graphics were amazing at the time.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Godslim / Booze – I have to agree CoD4 – which I own – did set the bar back then. I think even now it is still a good play to be honest.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

oh yeh gotta aggree i graphics wise uncharted was way better back then tho when cod4 came out it did back all other fps game coming out at the time just look back e.g rainbow six vegas

Closed_Account
Closed_Account
9 years ago

Esp when u consider that polyphony spent $60 million to make GT5.
But i s'pose taste is subjective.

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

It's stuff like this that makes Japenese developers think that twitch gaming is the way to go.

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

Sadly that's the truth….

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The sad truth. JRPG we hardly knew ye.

Maiq The Liar
Maiq The Liar
9 years ago

I prefer western.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

No…this has nothing to do with twitch gameing as AC isn't a twitch fest. People like FPS because they have longterm value due to multiplayer and the campaign has infinite replay value. Call of Duty satisfies these needs even if it isn't artistic or groundbreaking anymore. Japanese just don't make interesting games that much compared to other countries.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

So how much money per game sold do the developers get?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Devs=$1, Kotex=$59

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Lol World!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Aaaaaaand that's the end of the gaming industry for the rest of us.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

We still have Sony. 😀

Imagi
Imagi
9 years ago

Kotex, ass that he is, delivers the goods, just a shame it's only to his shareholders.

Amazingskillz
Amazingskillz
9 years ago

$1 Billion is very, very impressive. Hat's off to Activision, they've managed to put out back to back blockbuster smash hits. In the face of losing half their talent to Respawn Ent. People may put down Kotick and talk trash about the company but the truth of the matter is they are kicking ass and taking names in the video game world right now. Those who argue that the games MW2 & BlackOps are mediocre maybe need to reevaluate whats appealing in a game. Activision obviously has a formula that works to the tune of billions, while other company's can barely put out a product that sells $200Million. People also seem to be underestimating reflex gaming (multiplayer). Right now activision is top dawg. Give em their props and move on.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Shame, the gaming industry is going down the road of the music industry though at a faster pace.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

Not comparable.

Amazingskillz
Amazingskillz
9 years ago

The question needs to be asked, why hasn't Battlefied Bad Company, Medal of Honor, Mag Etc. even come close to the success of COD? People are laying out their hard earned $60 to do this.

Deadman
Deadman
9 years ago

Because COD is accessible ie. it's an easier game to play. In one match of COD you rank up sometimes three ranks esp. at the start. They give you points for everything. It is a pick up and play game.

Games like MAG, Battlefield, etc. sell well but they are more for the hardcore. You can play for hours, days even and still not hit the next rank in those. Your points are earned, the COD fans often cry about the difficulty of those games.

Maiq The Liar
Maiq The Liar
9 years ago

Deadman, I respect you.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Truth Deadman, CoD is one of those shooters I can pick up and it feels like I never stopped playing it. Bad Company 2 and Killzone 2 on the other hand are two games it takes me awhile to get used to again if I step away from them for too long.

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

i bought it, and ive seen the light. its mw2.5, nothing else.
it just doesn't feel finished. no more treyarch games from now on. rent only

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

You're absolutely right Deadman. Both MAG and Battlefield games are excessively long grinds.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

yeh i actually brought bad company 2 a couple of days ago and love it 🙂
but black ops really is mw2.5

shootu
shootu
9 years ago

@ Amazingskillz You said "Battlefied Bad Company, Medal of Honor, Mag Etc. even come close to the success of COD?"

Thats because the control is complete junk and the maps suck. But The publishers of COD need to get off there lazy asses and fix all of the screw ups. An update is waaaaaaayy past due.

KNG201
KNG201
9 years ago

I wish we didnt know how much a game makes.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Some people (parents for example) consider video games to be time stealers because they consume time that could be spent working or studying or being with family or friends. I know people who are so unbalanced that they have skipped work to play games like CoD, and have certainly called in sick after an all night game session. So there is a definite impact in the workplace.

What I am wondering is, with CoD Black Ops hitting $1billion in revenue and Addictivision talking about 600 million hours of game time (that's about 100 million hours a week, so in the course of a year, that's 5.2 billion hours, or nearly 217 million DAYS, or 650 million working days (8Hr day). That's 2/3 of a *billion* working days are potentially swallowed up by Call of Duty Black Hol…er…I mean…Ops.

Isn't math fun?

So, does this mean that Call of Duty Black Ops, and the Call of Duty franchise in general is officially the biggest money and time waster in the history of humanity?

SixSpeedKing
SixSpeedKing
9 years ago

Haha That's excellent! Yes I'd agree with that fully.

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

5 people disagree with you….but why?

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

while im questioning why you seriously went through all that math to come 2 a conclusion you already knew, u are not wrong, but u r not right.
ur wrong because there are 2 time wasters bigger than CoD. warcraft and al gore.
nuf said

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

Cannot agree with you any more then 100% because then that is just not possible.