Modern Warfare 2 grosses over $1 billion

Activision’s ubiquitous FPS has broken yet more records with it’s sales so far the $1 billion mark.

Modern Warfare 2 “exceeded… expectations” according to Activision boss Robert Kotick, hardly surprising considering in its first five days alone it grossed more than blockbuster films like Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Dark Night.

Full PR is after the jump.

Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 Surpasses $1 Billion in Retail Sales Worldwide

Game Continues to Set Retail Sell-Through Records

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan 13, 2010 – Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues to set sell-through records crossing the $1 billion mark in retail sales worldwide since its launch in November, according to internal Activision estimates.

In its first five days alone, the game sold an estimated $550 million worldwide, outpacing five-day worldwide theatrical box office gross figures for such films as Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Dark Night, according to internal Activision estimates and boxofficemojo.com.

“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.”

Modern Warfare 2 is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language. For additional information about the game, visit www.modernwarfare2.com.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

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*All references cited are sourced according to www.boxofficemojo.com or www.guinnessworldrecords.com

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One Response to “Modern Warfare 2 grosses over $1 billion”

  1. Hopefully they’ll use these funds to actually play test the next Modern Warfare installment before release.

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