Call of Duty: WWII Made $500 Million in Three Days

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games with 11 Comments

Call of Duty: WWII Sold 500 Million Units in Three Days

Call of Duty is back, baby! Activision announced today that the latest entry in the blockbuster games series, Call of Duty: WWII made over half a billion dollars—that’s $500 million—in its first three days alone.

“We challenged our players to get their squads back together and they answered the call, with the highest number of players we’ve ever seen on current-gen consoles and PC,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a prepared statement. “Call of Duty: WWII returns the franchise to its roots and the results are incredible, selling twice as many units in its opening weekend as last year, and setting the day one record for full-game downloads on PlayStation 4.”

In keeping with the old-school nature of the game itself, Activision is also using an old-school metric it used back in the day to show the dominance of the Call of Duty franchise compared to other, more well-known entertainment types like movies.

So here’s this year’s version.

“Our $500 million opening weekend was not only bigger than Thor: Ragnarok‘s, it was bigger than the opening weekends of both Thor and Wonder Woman combined,” the Activision press release states. “And we’re committed to supporting the community with continuous improvements and new content.

What’s interesting about all this stuff is that $500 million is the only concrete number they’re giving us: “More than Thor and Wonder Woman combined” and “twice as many units in its opening weekend as last year” are both on the vague side.

But know this: Even the worst Call of Duty games are the best-selling game each year. That’s the way this works. So what Call of Duty: WWII has really achieved, I think, is returning the franchise to the level of prestige it previously enjoyed. And that’s well-deserved: Call of Duty: WWII is fantastic.


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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Call of Duty: WWII Made $500 Million in Three Days”

  1. Angusmatheson

    I haven’t seriously played a video game in years, and I can’t wait to play COD WW2.

  2. Hifihedgehog

    Will this game get a review?

  3. glenn8878

    That’s 10 million copies compared with 50 million tickets. Make more money with less sales.

  4. bdollerup


    Please., it's just a game. Who cares about that stuff? :-)

  5. Jules Wombat

    A rather sad indictment on the state of console gaming toady. Meanwhile ....

  6. RonH

    I was looking to buy this from Steam, then I read some of the reviews...

    "germans are wearing waffen ss eagles on the side of their caps WITH regular army insignia on the front (no waffen ss units were present on the DDAY landings) , they are using PPSH wich was a russian smg, the rate of fire on the mg42 is laughably low, almost the entire german uniform types are just plain wrong"

    "Germans running out of bunkers with ppsh41s, a Russian SMG that was NEVER used by the Germans at any point, especially D-Day. Censorship of historical material such as the SS uniforms....arm bands were wiped of the Nazi Party emblem and replaced by some garbage. and I could go on about that as well. Multiplayer the weapons has reflex wtf I guess the Germans had modern tech back in the day as well as shotguns with incendiary rounds and acogs for sniper rifles."

    I don't know a lot of the history here, but did Activision get this all wrong???

  7. Wolf

    "Even the worst Call of Duty games are the best-selling game each year. That’s the way this works."

    Makes me think of the iPhone. ;D