Call of Duty: Modern Warfare already best-selling game of 2019

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare Screenshot (Image credit: Activision)

What you need to know

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare made $600 million during its opening weekend, Activision has announced.
  • The latest Call of Duty entry is now the best-selling title of 2019, and demonstrates the franchise's top launch this console generation.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare hit store shelves on October 25, delivering the latest of Activision's flagship shooter series through a contemporary lens. The title launched to widespread acclaim, revisiting the hit trilogy with a hard-hitting campaign and robust multiplayer offerings. And while Modern Warfare's return has encountered hurdles, it has already proven a commercial success.

Modern Warfare saw $600 million in sales throughout its opening three days, Activision has announced to investors. An impressive opening weekend already crowns the game 2019's top bestseller, moving more units over the period than other Call of Duty titles this console generation.

"Call of Duty is once again the top selling new premium game of the year, proving the enduring nature of the franchise across console, PC, mobile, and esports," said Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick. "In its first three days of release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare more than doubled the box office opening of Joker."

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare Gunfight

Source: Activision (Image credit: Source: Activision)

Activision also stressed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's performance in the digital space, proving the publisher's best digital opening to date. The title topped the PlayStation 4's "highest digital pre-orders and highest three-day digital sales," while also securing the best Call of Duty PC launch in franchise history. The published failed to provide specifics on Xbox One sales figures or performance to press.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's strong debut alludes to the first instance of franchise growth in some time, amid concerns of stagnation of the military shooter. Previous franchise entries, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: WWII, reported $500 million three-day openings. The uptick showcases the value of revitalizing the approach to Call of Duty, and the sheer gravitas of the Modern Warfare brand.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, starting at $60 via Amazon.

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Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • It's an awesome game, however they need to clean up performance on Xbox.
  • truly AMAZING game!
  • That's what happens when you don't add politics to your game *cough* BFV *cough*
  • Yeah, politics has no place in a game about war.
  • I think he meant Political Correctness. As opposed to politics per se.
  • Just think if a copy of call off duty was the price of a ticket to joker, or even the cost of a joker bluray.
    How many more would they sell
  • Don't think it would make more money though. The gaming sector makes alot more money than the movie sector. And way more movies get sold than games. So that kinda tells you your theory doesn't really hold water.
  • This figure inudes money spent on Microtransactions and ultimate type models. As an example Halo 5 hit over 400 million dollars and that launched on just 1 system. But that figure included micors and ultimate models. Would be nice to get a player count, like other companies do now. I'm glad MS stopped telling us the revenue number. It doesn't really mean much in today's gaming fields. It could be anywehere between 2 million and 4 million sales. But they haven't told us how many players have actually engaged with the game. That aside. This new one looks a return to the originals form.