Black Ops 2 midnight launch sales destroy expectations, GameStop and Blockbuster serve it up hot

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The launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was expected to set new records for unit sales and generated revenue, and while toppling the records of 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was always going to be a tall order, Activision and Treyarch’s latest title is on track to do just that.

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According to industry site MVC, over 450 Blockbuster stores in the UK held midnight launches for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and across all of the stores, over 10 000 copies of the game were sold in the first five minutes of availability! But what about videogame retail giant GameStop? Game Informer’s Andrew Reiner tweeted an amazing statistic:

“GameStop sold more than one million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in one day. That’s just one retailer. One day. CRAZY”

And just to ensure our brains exploded even harder, Reiner followed up by clarifying:

“Correction on the GameStop data: The million units were sold during the midnight launch period.”


And what are the prospects of Black Ops 2 defeating Modern Warfare 3 in terms of sales and revenue? Quite good – here’s Reiner again:

“According to Piper Jaffray Cos., Black Ops II sales estimates are between 6.5 and 7.2 million for the first 24 hours.”

Considering Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million in 24 hours, we completely expect Black Ops 2 to outsell last year’s Call of Duty title. What do you reckon? In with a chance? Activision is sure to announce the figures soon.

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