Blockbuster games have bigger opening weeks than blockbuster films

Woo! My post yesterday was a doozy! Let’s both take a break from ‘words’ and let a picture (with words) do the talking for once.

Blockbuster video games make a lot of money in their opening weeks: sometimes even more money than the biggest films of the year. Pray your browser loads this interesting infographic or this post is about to get a lot more boring!

Retrieved from visual (who retrieved it from

2011 3 opening week sales update to this infographic:

The Games:

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – $738 million

Battlefield 3 – $300 million

The Movies

Transformers Dark Side of the Moon – $149.2 million

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $226.1 million

Unfortunately, Twilight Saga (really saga?!?) Breaking Dawn Part I came in second place overall for the year with – $179.1 million

Results: Harry Potter had the second best opening weekend in Hollywood history (Dark Knight #1 at $238.6 million), while COD 3 had the best video game opening week of all time.

COD 3 makes about 325% more money in its opening week.


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Posted on February 12, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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