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Call of Duty franchise passes $3 billion

Activision's "greatest" shooter series has now sold over 55 million units worldwide

Stellar sales of Modern Warfare 2 have helped Activision to nudge its Call of Duty franchise through the USD 3 billion revenues mark, the publisher has announced.

According to a statement released today, the six titles in the series have now sold over 55 million units between them, with the latest instalment smashing entertainment launch records and taking USD 550 million in its first five days on sale.

The data, based on estimates from The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track and internal information has made it one of the "greatest entertainment franchises of all time," said Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick.

"If you consider the number of hours our audiences are engaged in playing Call of Duty games, it is likely to be one of the most viewed of all entertainment experiences in modern history," he added.

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