By Drew Bryant
November 1, 2022,

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was a massive debut for Infinity Ward and its parent company Activision. The new sequel to rebooted Modern Warfare franchise made over $800 million globally in the first three days following its release on October 28.

This makes the new Modern Warfare 2 the “#1 Top Selling opening weekend ever” for the COD franchise, replacing the pervious record-holder, Modern Warfare 3. Modern Warfare 3’s was a five-day sells record, compared to the three-day record for Modern Warfare 2 according to Activision.

Modern Warfare 2’s racking up $800 million in three days is a large figure but, not the largest grossing game on initial release. Back in 2013 Grand Theft Auto V generated $1 billion dollars in its first three days. While Bethesda’s Fallout 4’s $750 million in the first 24 hours.

Below, is the full press release from Activision on Modern Warfare 2’s initial success.

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 TM 2.0 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.

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.

“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.”

Modern Warfare II is available worldwide on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox® Series X|S, Xbox One®, and PC in a fully optimized experience for, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service, and Steam. Modern Warfare II development is led by Infinity Ward alongside an incredible team of studios, including Activision Central Design, Activision Central Tech, Activision Localization Dublin, Activision QA, Activision Shanghai, Beenox, Demonware, High Moon Studios, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob and Treyarch. For more information and the latest details follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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

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