With the release of Modern Warfare 2, the Call of Duty franchise has surpassed the $3 billion mark in worldwide sales. Netting over $550 million in its first five days, Modern Warfare 2 smashed all previous box office records and is now the benchmark for future releases.
The Call of Duty franchise has sold over 55 million copies of its games across platforms to date, and that number is only expected to rise with the holiday season upon us.
Even with the criticism leveled against Modern Warfare 2 because of the graphic nature of one of its levels, the game is being hailed by critics and will most definitely be in the running for game of the year.
The games are published and owned by Activision, and the two main developers have been Infinity Ward and Treyarch, but others have had a hand in some of the spin-off and hand-held versions of the games.