"Call of Duty is once again the top selling new premium game of the year, proving the enduring nature of the franchise across console, PC, mobile, and esports," said Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Executive Officer. "In its first three days of release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare more than doubled the box office opening of Joker."
In case you are wondering, Joker opened to $96 million domestically, the most over for the month of October, and $140.5 million internationally for a combined tally of $236.5 million.
Some of that is marketing fluff, as it relates to digital sales (physical copies don't have the same cachet these days). But at the same time, setting those kinds of records still requires strong sales overall, so kudos to Activision and Infinity Ward in that respect.
"Through the first three days, Modern Warfare has more total players and total hours played than any Call of Duty opening release in the last six years. More importantly, our players are having a great time playing," said Rob Kostich, president, Activision. "Congratulations to Infinity Ward and all our teams involved on an incredible game and its spectacular launch. We also want to thank the community for your incredible support. The launch of Modern Warfare is only the start. There’s much more to come."
This is an impressive tally, no doubt. At the same time, it's not the best ever showing for a video game, though it comes close. Red Dead Redemption 2, for example, debuted to $725 million in sales during the first three days, and Grand Theft Auto V ballooned to $1 billion. Nevertheless, $600 million is a lot of money and ensures the CoD franchise is not going anywhere.