13th Nov 2015
Activision Blizzard reported Wednesday that Call of Duty: Black Ops III earned $550 million in sales over the first three days of its release, making it the biggest entertainment debut across all media of 2015 so far.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III has now surpassed Jurassic World, which earned $524 million worldwide in its opening weekend. “Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the biggest entertainment launch this year in any medium, and bigger than any theatrical opening weekend ever,” Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a press release.
Black Ops III also beat out first-person shooter Halo 5: Guardians‘ $400 million in sales as reported by Microsoft in the week following its release. Halo 5 is available exclusively on the Xbox One, while Black Ops III is a multi-platform title released on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC.
Black Ops III has seen more hours played per player than any previous Call of Duty, according to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, with more than 75 million hours played online in the first weekend after the game’s release. Twitch.tv also reported that Black Ops III is both the most-streamed and the most-watched game on their service so far this year. The game also set a launch-day record for digital copies downloaded on the Playstation 4.
Black Ops III will compete for largest entertainment release of 2015 with Bethesda Softwork’s Fallout 4, released this week, and EA DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront, launching November 17.