According to its internal estimated sales numbers, the title grossed approximately $550 million dollars in its first week, setting new five-day sell-through records.
First, let's take a look at the Xbox Live numbers (Note: Sony did not provide PSN numbers in Activision's release):
* More than 5.2 million multiplayer hours were logged playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the first day alone.
* More than 2.2 million unique gamers played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in one day on November 10th. A new one-day record for Xbox LIVE.
* More than 11 million achievements were unlocked on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the first day.
Modern Warfare 2's $550 million first week sales also surpassed some of largest entertainment launches of all time:
* The largest reported five-day opening worldwide box office gross figures, held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394 million)
* The largest reported five-day opening domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($203.8 million)
* The largest reported five-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (6 million units, $500 million)
* The largest reported opening first-day domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($66.4 million)
* The largest reported first-day book sales in dollars, held by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows ($220 million)
* The largest reported first-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (3.6 million units, $310 million)
Activision had estimated the title grossed $310 million worldwide in its first day alone. So it looks likely this title could surpass one billion after this holiday, which would be impressive for a video game.
I can't tell you what a crime it is that game stores like GameStop buy a used game for peanuts and then turn around and sell it for just a hair under the new full price. STOP SELLING YOUR GAMES! It's the only way
Sell your games through places like Craigslist. Then you can sell it for more and the other guy can buy it cheaper.
Google 'Game Trading'. There are websites out there that will let you and other users trade games through the mail.
Infinity Ward takes off the gloves and prepares the ultimate 'modern warefare' title. I expect nothing but the very best. A story that will suck you in. A new spec-ops co-op mode that will keep you and your online friends entertained, and a multiplayer mode that will blow your mind and have you coming back for more. Feed it into my veins.
In case you missed it, be sure to watch the official launch trailer here.