Modern Warfare 2 generates $800M in opening weekend

by Adam Fitch  · 
Modern Warfare 2 generates $800M in opening weekend
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Activision Blizzard has revealed the impressive opening weekend for its latest Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2.

The opening weekend: It's the fastest-selling game of the franchise to date.

  • The publisher has revealed that worldwide revenue for the new CoD title hit over $800M in its opening weekend.
  • This is a record for the Call of Duty franchise, a series that has gone through its fair share of ups and downs, which started back in October 2003.
  • Activision Blizzard claims that it tops "any of the biggest worldwide box office openings" this year so far, including Top Gun: Maverick and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as per data from Box Office Mojo.

A sigh of relief? Activision Blizzard will no doubt be especially happy with the early success of MW2.

  • Last year's Call of Duty entry, sub-titled Vanguard, was considered a disappointment for the games giant.
  • The publisher has been embroiled in numerous lawsuits in recent history, one of which resulted in an $18M settlement for alleged sexual harassment. The record opening for MW2 will provide good PR for the company and shows that the franchise is far from running out of steam.
  • Of course, this new title calls back to 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which is widely regarded as one of the best titles in the franchise and is, for many, a fan-favorite instalment.
  • “As amazing as this opening has been, Call of Duty has much more in store," said CoD General Manager, Johanna Faries. "An unprecedented level of support for the Modern Warfare universe is on the horizon and Warzone 2.0’s launch is right around the corner. It’s an incredible time for the franchise.”
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