People commonly report on box office records for films like "The Twilight Saga" or "The Avengers" but the biggest entertainment event of the year financially is a video game and this year's installment, "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," was no exception, selling over $500 million of copies in the first 24 hours of its release, according to Chart-Track.
Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard, said, "With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars," the two most successful movie franchises of all time. Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013."
The stats are mind-blowing. Millions of copies of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" were sold at more than 16,000 midnight sales on November 13, 2012. It was the top trending topic on Twitter in 23 cities worldwide and its October trailer was viewed over 30 million times on YouTube.
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