No, Black Ops is Not Bigger Than Avatar

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11.15.10 7 Comments

You know, one of these days, I’ll understand why game companies and game journalists insist on making retarded comparisons to the film industry. Games aren’t movies, they don’t sell like movies, and games can stand on their own merits, artistically and financially. Well, OK, artistically, a lot of games are terrible, but then again, so are most movies.

For example, “Call of Duty: Black Ops”. It sold 5.6 million copies in 24 hours, grossed $360 million, and is apparently on track to pull in $550 million in the first five days of sales. That’s really impressive, a new record for first day video game sales. Activision has done really well. And then the writers over at Forbes have to screw it up by deploying fanboy logic: “Avatar only made $232 million in that timeframe, dur hur hur.”

Yes, congratulations, you suck at math. Avatar pulling in $232 million means it left “Call of Duty” in the dust in the numbers that really matter: attendance. Even an overpriced 3D movie ticket only costs $15. You know, four times less than a video game. Avatar pulled in at least 60 million admissions, and that’s not even as impressive as Titanic, which pulled in 128 million admissions.

So, yes, Activision has made a fortune and should trumpet that to the heavens. This doesn’t give fanboys a license to derp.

[ via the noobs at Forbes ]

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