If you’ve noticed the streets are empty, void of the usual human hustle and bustle, no you didn’t miss the rapture, everyone is playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The game was released on Tuesday at midnight. It sold 6.5 million copies in North America and the U.K. in the next 24 hours, setting the record for the biggest entertainment launch ever with more than $400 million in sales.
This is the third year in a row that Activision’s Call of Duty franchise has broken first-day video game sales records.
Last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 5.6 million copies in the U.K. and North America, raking in $367 million in its first 24 hours. By Dec. 21, 2010, it had surpassed $1 billion in sales worldwide and by March 2011, it had become the best selling game of all time, surpassing the previous record-holder Wii Play, market research firm NPD Group reported.
In 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — the direct prequel to the latest release — sold 4.7 million copies and took in $316 million in its first day.
Activision also announced Friday that it is donating $3 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit corporation that provides job placement and training for veterans. So just keep that in mind this weekend when you are tea bagging newbs, you are tea bagging for a great cause!
Source: Coming Soon