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Surprise:  Call of Duty: Black Ops 2  rakes in the cash
Surprise: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 rakes in the cash
November 16, 2012 | By Kris Graft

The numbers are in: Activision said Friday that day-one sell-through of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 hit $500 million worldwide.

So we all knew Black Ops 2 would be a commercial smash, but the question is how it's stacking up so far, compared to previous Call of Duty games over recent years?

Here's how day-one figures stack up:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009): $310 million (North America, UK)

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010): $360 million (North America, UK)

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011): $400 million (North America, UK)

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012): $500 million (Worldwide)

    Black Ops II launched on November 13 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. A Wii U version is launching with Nintendo's new console this weekend.

    This latest round of muscle-flexing comes days after Microsoft announced that Halo 4 -- only available on one console, Xbox 360 -- reached $220 million in day-one sales, though Microsoft did not specify if that figure was sell-through to consumers or sell-in to retailers.

    Activision said the Black Ops 2 sales figures come from Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through information and internal estimates.

    While CEO Bobby Kotick was happy to toot his company's horn, he added, "Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013." In other words, the world economy kind of stinks right now, so let's not get our hopes up too high for the next 13 months.

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    Vijay Srinivasan
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    Rasmus Gunnarsson
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    NA+UK vs Worldwide wtf. How is this in anyway a good comparison? Who knows, might've sold half of the previous game.

    Tom Baird
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    Yeah, these figures are stacked to make the latest release look good.

    These numbers are like comparing oranges to tangerines, and then gloating about how big your oranges are because they are bigger.

    Kyle Redd
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    That's true, although I'm fairly certain the remaining territories not included in NA+UK would not have amounted to much more. It's nearly certain that BLOPS II would've still had the higher tally regardless.

    Ricardo Barnhill
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    There was a good review of this game on IGN:

    Looks to be worth all the hype IMO.

    GameViewPoint Developer
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    I can only talk to the multiplayer side of the game, but I hear a lot of complaints from other players, and the usual issues with lag/campers etc abound. Overall though COD needs a big upgrade, whether it be to solve lag issues, to add more into the game, or better visuals. I won't buy anymore (and won't play Black Ops 2 anywhere near as much as the previous versions) COD's until the next gen consoles are released, you can only play the same game with different maps so many times.

    Alex Boccia
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    It's too bad that customers prefer Treyarch Call of Duty titles to Infinity Ward ones...I really prefer the production quality in the IW ventures.