Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Boasts Largest Opening Weekend in Franchise History, Topping $800 Million in Three Days

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Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has topped $800 million sell-through in just three days, setting new records and delivering the largest opening weekend in the franchise’s extensive history. Modern Warfare II is actually the biggest entertainment opening of the year, according to Activision, which noted that the shooter outperformed the worldwide box office openings of Top Gun: Maverick and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness combined, in addition to beating previous franchise records set by 2011’s Modern Warfare 3. Warzone 2.0, the next major update to the free-to-play battle royale game set in the Call of Duty universe, is slated for release on November 16.

“Thank you to our talented team that has created magic through extraordinary artistry and technology, and to the global community of players who find joy and connection through Call of Duty. This milestone belongs to them,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard.

“Thank you, Call of Duty players, for making Modern Warfare II’s launch one for the record books as well as the highest grossing entertainment opening of the year. It is our honor and privilege to deliver such a historic launch weekend for the best fans in the world,” said Johanna Faries, General Manager, Call of Duty. “As amazing as this opening has been, Call of Duty has much more in store. 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.”

From an Activision press release:

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has become the #1 top-selling opening weekend ever in the franchise, delivering more than $800 million worldwide in sell-through following the first three days from its release on October 28, 2022. The blockbuster opening tops any of the biggest worldwide box office openings of 2022, surpassing ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ worldwide box office openings combined.

Modern Warfare II also set a new franchise opening weekend record as the #1 top-selling Call of Duty digital opening through its first three days. Developed by Infinity Ward, the release of Modern Warfare II represents a bold new direction for the entertainment franchise, which will continue with the upcoming release of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 on November 16.

Through only its first three days of release, Modern Warfare II’s opening topped the previous five-day franchise record, set in 2011 by Modern Warfare 3 in sell-through, to become the biggest opening ever in Call of Duty. Players around the world took part in the new launch, setting new player participation franchise records for number of unique players and hours played through its first three days of premium release.

Call of Duty franchise records based on internal company reporting. Box office claims according to

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