The Call of Duty franchise has always had huge numbers at the launch of one of its games, and the latest release is no exception. Call of Duty: Black Ops III released worldwide on Friday, November 6 and has grossed more than $550 million in sales over the weekend, making it the biggest entertainment launch of 2015, according to Activision. That's across all media, including theatrical box office, music and book launches. In addition, fans have already played for a staggering 75 million hours during the first three days.
"Call of Duty's millions of passionate fans have shown us, yet again, the strength of their commitment to this enduring franchise," said Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard's Chief Executive Officer. "Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the biggest entertainment launch this year in any medium, and bigger than any theatrical opening weekend ever."
"The Call of Duty: Black Ops III launch is bigger than any game, any movie, or any entertainment launch this year," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "But more importantly, our fans are engaging more deeply with the franchise than ever before. In fact, so far, people are playing Black Ops III for more hours per player than any Call of Duty game on record. Call of Duty is more than a game, it's a year round passion for a growing base of millions of fans and it's only gaining momentum."
Black Ops III also set a record on the PlayStation 4 as the best-selling digital full game by units sold. Activision has an exclusive deal with Sony for Black Ops III as well as future Call of Duty titles where all downloadable content will be released first on PlayStation platforms.
"As we've said from the start, PlayStation is the best place to play Call of Duty, and this record-breaking launch shows how true this statement is. Black Ops III is the biggest launch of the year so far, and the PlayStation Nation is ready. We're proud to call PlayStation the home of Call of Duty and look forward to supporting our community with DLC map pack content first," said Adam Boyes, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America.