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Call of Duty: WWII - an opening weekend worth half a billion dollars

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Call of Duty: WWII - We salute you. Activision
Call of Duty: WWII - We salute you.

Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: WWII has had an opening weekend 'bigger than the opening weekends of both Thor and Wonder Woman combined'. Call of Duty: WWII sold twice as many copies as last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: WWII was released on Friday, 03 November. The game went on to score a huge launch weekend, grossing more than $500 (£382) million. Can you even remember where you were that weekend? 

Activision and Sledgehammer Games took a considerable risk when they decided to turn back the clock all the way to WWII. I guess it paid off. Call of Duty: WWII earned half a billion dollars for Activision and sold twice as many copies as last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Activision’s sales figures account for retail and digital sales. Call of Duty: WWII also set the day one record for digital game sales on PlayStation 4.

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"We challenged our players to get their squads back together and they answered the call, with the highest number of players we’ve ever seen on current gen consoles and PC," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision.

"Call of Duty: WWII returns the franchise to its roots and the results are incredible, selling twice as many units in its opening weekend as last year, and setting the day one record for full-game downloads on PlayStation 4. Our $500 million opening weekend was not only bigger than Thor: Ragnarok’s, it was bigger than the opening weekends of both Thor and Wonder Woman combined. And we’re committed to supporting the community with continuous improvements and new content."

Does it really count when you're comparing a game's opening weekend to those of Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman? Maybe, because one trip to the cinema costs roughly as much as one game these days. The two pros for the latter: you don't have to leave your house, and you get to keep the game. The con: you don't get to stare at Gal Gadot for hours.

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Call of Duty: WWII is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.