Modern Warfare 2: Worldwide Figures

Modern Warfare 2 has been out for near-on two weeks now and the figures just keep getting bigger. We have already reported that the game made over $300 million in one day from US and UK sales alone and that it helped set a new Xbox Live record. So how has the game performed on a global scale?

Worldwide five-day sales have now been revealed by Activision and the game has grossed an unprecidented $550 million. Wow! It shatters all previous entertainment records. To put it into perspective:

  • The Dark Knight made $203.8 million in five days, worldwide.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince holds the record for the highest grossing first five days worldwide with figures of $394 million.
  • GTA IV is the previous holder of the ‘Five-Day Sales’ record, earning $500 million
  •  Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time, but on its opening weekend (US) it didn’t even break the $30 million mark. In fact, 15 days after its release, it still hadn’t grossed half of what Modern Warfare 2 has achieved in 5 days. It took until March (3 months after release) for the worldwide figures to sky rocket.
  • They all pale in comparison however, when compared to the Bible, which some estimate to have shifted 6 billion units. Call of Duty: Jerusalem Saviour anyone?

Want some more statistics? Of course you do; everyone loves a good statistic. Players on the Xbox 360 notched up 5.2 million hours of online multi-player on the first day and 360 achievements totalled 11 million by the end of day one.

Staggering stuff from Modern Warfare 2.

Activision Blizzard finished off the statement in a rather less-excited mood:

Activision Blizzard remains cautious about the U.S. and global economy as well as other variables that can affect industry fundamentals and our own performance, including consumer spending which remains a significant concern.

 Cheer up! You just made $550 million in five days!

Note: Due to the fact that I am now in a statistic mode; this means Modern Warfare 2 was making approximately $1273.15 per second over those five days!