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December 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Black Ops II blasts Avatar, takes $1 billion in 15 days

Who said video game sales are fading?

Activision today said “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” grossed a mind-boggling $1 billion in its first 15 days on the market last month.

That was more than the box office record set by “Avatar” in 2009, when it took $1 billion in over 17 days, Activision noted.

Activision noted multiple ways that its “Call of Duty” franchise – a series of military-themed action games – has become more lucrative than the biggest movies.

The franchise has exceeded box office receipts for the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars franchises and global box office receipts for the top 10 grossing films of 2012 combined, the company said.

So yes, there will be a “Black Ops III” and maybe IV, V and VI for the Wii U2, Xbox 1080 and PlayStation 5.

“In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place,” Eric Hirshberg, chief executive of Activision Publishing, said in the release.”That’s what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and that’s what we intend to keep on doing.”

Here’s a screenshot of “Black Ops II” (which also suggests the direction the Seattle police may head with their new drones):

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