Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Modern Warfare 3 Clocks Up $1 Billion in 16 Days
Written Monday, December 12, 2011 By Lee Bradley
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Activision has just announced that Modern Warfare 3 has raked in $1 billion, just 16 days after release. That ludicrously large figure puts MW3 just ahead of Avatar in the entertainment willy-waving stakes. James Cameron's giant Smurf movie took 17 days to reach the same total.

"Engagement of our Call of Duty audience continues to rise around the world" said Activision Big Cheese Bobby Kotick. "Call of Duty as an entertainment franchise has made an indelible mark on popular culture and its broad and continued success is further validation that audiences increasingly value interactive experiences over passive experiences."

Slightly smaller Activision cheese Eric Hirshberg, added: "Call of Duty has become that rare entertainment franchise that transcends its own genre. Core gamers love it, as our stellar reviews show. But every year, new people are drawn into Call of Duty.

"And while the franchise continues to set records, our fans still seem to want more, demonstrated by our record setting start on Call of Duty Elite. We are committed to helping everyone connect, compete and improve their game, Call of Duty style."

Check out Hirshberg there, slipping in a plug for Elite.


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Comment #1 by Canadian_Wilson
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 08:45:23 AM
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I'm glad I didn't contribute to that money figure. Borrowed it off my roommate, to see what it was like, and I'm still disappointed. Thought I was playing Modern Warfare 1 & 2 all over again

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Comment #2 by Gtamen
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 08:49:34 AM
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GTA V nuff said

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Comment #3 by Meatpants
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 08:52:24 AM
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I'm not a big fan either. They're obviously of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. And it's working for them. Congrats... but really, whoopdie doo. They've made $1 billion on another average product.

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Comment #4 by Badcompany87
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 08:57:52 AM
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Im happy for people to have success and all that but it is a real shame that people are still buying this. yeah it is an entertaining game for about 2 weeks then you realise it is the same as the last COD game you bought. When the brought out COD4 it raised the bar in what a FPS multiplayer experience should be and now its like they cant be bothered to make a big leap like COD4 because they know everyone will buy it no matter what. Just think about the amount of people are employed to make these games yet none of them can come up with something new. what a joke

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Comment #5 by Demonix360
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 09:05:06 AM
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Wow,that's a lots of money and I really don't mind that.Game was day one buy for me and I've really enjoyed playing it.People always gonna bitch about "game running on old engine" or "sucks" because of "this or that" and secretly they still buy and play it.When seeing amount of money COD earn it from sales ,there going to be more to follow and still going to be "day one" buy for me.Now let other players hear how bad the game is and how lucky they are not to buy it.

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Comment #6 by Scarfacew00t
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 09:06:29 AM
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I used to play Call of duty but I took an arrow to the knee...

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Comment #7 by TheRealClayman
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 09:13:50 AM
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So much for Battlefield killing it. They are both good games and this kind of should have been expected. Congrats to them. Congrats to BF as well because I know there sales are actually pretty good considering what it is going up against.

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Comment #8 by love_handles1987
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 09:22:32 AM
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@6 wow, i haven't heard that one before -_-

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Comment #9 by technishun
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 09:34:30 AM
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Is it $1 Billion because of popularity or $1 Billion because of the quality?

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Comment #10 by Shadowrider50
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 09:56:06 AM
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If people keep on having sex, this will be the end result

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Comment #11 by SUM1SLY
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 10:12:08 AM
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whats with people saying its the same as the other games and they could have done something new. what more can you do with a fps?it's the same as other shooters you point the gun and shoot.not everyone wants to fly drive tanks or what ever.

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Comment #12 by Totoyeahwhat
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 10:30:30 AM
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@11 improve graphics, improve gameplay, add new guns hell they even reused pretty much All the titles and emblems from mw2. New features... New story. Survival mode... Thats about it

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Comment #13 by SUM1SLY
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 11:43:55 AM
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@12 improve graphics? who cares as long as the game plays well don't know bout you but i don't really go round looking at the map i run round killing people.improve gameplay how?seems ok as it is plays pretty guns what you want them to make them up? emblems & titles so what doesn't do anything for game story the game i played had a differnt story it was the 3rd part of the story.survival mode didn't they just add that? & new features is that not what they did with elite.

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Comment #14 by Tostigroover
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 12:27:54 PM
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"More popular than a cheeseburger at fat camp."

I like this site but if there's one thing I would change, it would be to have better subtitles. Especially the ones for the new Rockband tracks... Those are really toe cringing bad.

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Comment #15 by Cromag2
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 12:57:10 PM
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Yeah, it was ok for the same stuff over and over, but I gave my $7.99 to Blockbuster for a rental...

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Comment #16 by SUM1SLY
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 01:26:22 PM
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@15 i don't understand if it's not the same stuff it would be a different game.if you want different buy a different game.if they changed the game people wouldn't like it and say wtf happened to cod it's not the same game.i don't understand what people want from cod. maybe cod turismo or something like that what can you really change about a fps.thats like saying driving games are more of the same stuff with going round laps over and over but the game is what it any other game fifa is always the same tiger woods is always the same fighting games are always the same.what do you want them to do with cod maybe you should tell them instead of saying it's just the same.

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Comment #17 by Hihi2442
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 01:30:14 PM
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fuck that shit. I have Battlefield 3!

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Comment #18 by RabidJellyfish
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 01:45:04 PM
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:( I hate activision. Because they're evil, and it works.

I hope to god Half Life 3 beats these figures when it finally comes out...

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Comment #19 by A_Fairs
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 01:49:08 PM
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Eh, can live without it. I'm not planning on buying it anytime soon because I lost interest after MW2, but I can see why it appeals to people. It's just a shame that it's the benchmark for the industry and that people seem to want to emulate it more and more- that's the only thing I'm worried about.

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Comment #20 by SSWORM69
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 02:13:22 PM
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Hmmm... If I calculated this corectly, 0% of the 1 billion is my contributions and about .000006 percent of the billion is my brother's contributions... for X-Box version!

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Comment #21 by chris21
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 03:03:42 PM
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I got it for £18 new on Amazon. Happy enough but I wouldn't pay any more for it. Thought the single player was good but didn't like the online.

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Comment #22 by I_Shoot_Stuff
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 03:38:39 PM
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I'm enjoying my copy.

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Comment #23 by KG13
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 04:44:47 PM
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@9 couldn't agree more with you, i wont be buying MW3 i didn't even get excited for it release date £40 pound for it and it hasn't hardly change since COD4. Just doing it for the money in my opinion shame really

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Comment #24 by Loftus
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 04:52:43 PM
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I bought it as i've bought and enjoyed every game before. it's funny because i'm also part of the crowd that gets annoyed with IW's greed and lack of effort put into development. At the end of the day though it is a fun game to play for an hour or so from time to time. Not a patch on COD4, which i don't think any future COD will ever be. Sadly, they found a winning formula and decided to just spam us with the same over and over.

It's still a good game, but my annoyance comes with the fact that it could be great but they refuse to do simple things (dedicated servers for a start) there are alot of games on the market that deserve bigger figures.

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Comment #25 by AverySegaw
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 04:58:13 PM
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...And people still go to Call of Duty news articles to say they didn't buy/like the game. What do you tell people when "cool story bro" doesn't work?

As for Activision, what do they do with the money? They don't have to spend money on developing state-of-the-art engines or'd think they could actually put a great amount money into the CoD Endowment or some other charity...

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Comment #26 by Napoleon1814
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 06:32:41 PM
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Capitalism at its best. For that I thank Activision... and that alone.

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Comment #27 by Frylock
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 08:50:31 PM
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Borrowed from a friend and got my platinum for free. Suck it Activision!

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Comment #28 by FatalKrouzer
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 12:50:23 AM
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Best FPS award....1 billion $.....nuff said.

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Comment #29 by Chrissycooza1
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 04:18:38 AM
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@7 you totally missed the point, Battlefield was never supposed to kill off COD or out sell it EA had more realistic goals than that, they simply wanted to take a good percentage of players away from COD and on to Battlefield which they have achieved.

As for COD well I got the Hardened Edition off of my mate for £25 and I only play it when I have a friend over for Spec Ops Survival, the story was ok not much to it really considering its supposedly WW3 it was hardly a wall of bullets as veteran is a walk in the park, I see the Eiffel Tower being abused in MW3, BF3, GI Joe and Team America so that was truly uneventful and Makarovs death... whatever... Online is MW2 minus the Nuke but plus kids with RPGs who cant shoot, oh and speaking of which I will be selling the COD: ELITE Founder code that comes with Hardened Edition soon because ELITE sounds... poop.

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Comment #30 by Wicked Seraph
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 05:02:55 AM
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Really you are gonna take a stab at a movie that was actually really good and praise some over rated stale FPS? Great writing skills bro

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Comment #31 by Shadowrider50
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 05:08:03 AM
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@29 "Makarovs death"
This is why we need spoiler tags in the comments section :/


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US November 08, 2011
Europe November 08, 2011
Japan November 17, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1-4
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