A violent computer game has shot down Harry Potter and Star Wars – after making half a BILLION dollars in sales in ONE day.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II flew off the shelves in its first 24 hours – bringing in around #315 million in sales.
It sold eight million copies around the world in its first day making it the fastest selling computer game of all time.
The game now also hold the records for the most money generated in a day for any entertainment release – including Harry Potter and Star Wars film releases.
Millions of fans queued up outside more than 16,000 stores globally for the largest midnight release ever, and one fan queued up outside HMV in Oxford Street for almost a week.
The futuristic first person shooter was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision, who are understandably over the moon with the runaway success of the eighth game in the franchise.
Boss Bobby Kotick said: “With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row.
“Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Star Wars,’ the two most successful movie franchises of all time.”
Activision are remaining tight-lipped as to the final number of copies sold in the first day, which is estimated to be in the region of eight million.
Eric Hirshberg, Activision’s publishing CEO, said: “Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it’s a brand people buy into.
“And every November we do more than just the launch of a game, we kick off an annual, unofficial but worldwide phenomenon called the Call of Duty season.”
A trailer for the 18-rated game, available on PlayStaion 3, Xbox 360 and PC, has been viewed an astonishing 30 million times on Youtube.
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