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Only Entertainment Property To Eclipse Avatar's 17 Day $1 Billion RecordReinforcing the Raptr playtime data, Activision has announced today that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in sales since its launch on November 8, 2011, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information. Highlighting the trend of interactive entertainment gaining a greater hold of audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 16 days, eclipsing the record set in 2009 by the feature film "Avatar," which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days.
While 2011 box office revenue is on the decline - down 4 percent this year at $9.4 billion, compared with $9.8 billion in 2010 -- the number of people purchasing and participating in gaming is on the rise, with no sign of slowing.¹ With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid.
¹According to boxofficemojo.com and PricewaterhouseCoopers'Global Entertainment and Media Outlook
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, says that Call of Duty as an entertainment franchise has made an indelible mark on popular culture and its broad and continued success is further validation that audiences are now valuing interactive experiences over passive experiences.
Call of Duty is now amongst that rarified group of sustained franchises like "Star Wars", "Harry Potter", "Lord of the Rings" and the National Football League (NFL) that attract or engage tens of millions of people every year or every new release.
Call of Duty Elite is one of the fastest growing new online service ever with more than six million players registered since its launch November 8, 2011 and over one million premium subscriptions sold to date. By comparison, the premium subscription services of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sirius XM and Xbox LIVE, each reached one million paid subscribers after approximately one year.
Call of Duty has become that rare entertainment franchise that transcends its own genre - Core gamers love it reviews show. Every year, new people are drawn into Call of Duty and, while the franchise continues to set records, fans still seem to want more, demonstrated by the record setting start on Call of Duty Elite.