The sheer numbers that the Call of Duty franchise has managed to pull in are astounding. From incredible sales figures to downright baffling statistics about bullets fired, damage caused or even the number of hours put into the franchise, Activision's flagship series has recording some truly astounding numbers. Brace yourself, as this list of 10 Call of Duty facts may actually blow your mind.
Modern Warfare 3 is the Fastest Selling Game of All Time
Modern Warfare 3 sold 8.8 million copies in its first month, breaking every sales record set prior. In fact, the previous record holder was another Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Black Ops, at 8 million in sales. Unfortunately, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold only 7.4 million in its first month, which may be signaling a decline in the series. Now we just have to wait and see how Ghosts does. A Call of Duty Fact That Will Blow Your Mind? You betcha.
Modern Warfare 3 Made More Money Than Hollywood During Its Launch
Modern Warfare 3 made $775 million in its first five days. That’s far more than 'Avatar,' the current highest grossing movie, did. Call of Duty is actually worth more than most of the top movies in Hollywood. If you put together the life-long sales of 'Avatar,' 'Titanic' and 'The Avengers,' the three highest grossing movies of all time, they still don’t quite make the $6 billion that Call of Duty had made by the time Modern Warfare 3 came out.
Gamers Play Almost 2000 Years of Call of Duty a Day
According to Activision, Call of Duty isn't just one of the biggest sellers every year, it's also one of the biggest time sucks for gamers around the globe. Based on data collected from various platforms over the lifespan of the series, Activision found players cumulatively spend the equivalent of 1900 years playing Call of Duty... every day. In that amount of time in the real world, multiple empires have fallen, the New World was discovered, automobiles were invented and computers shrank from the size of a warehouse to fit in the palm of your hand. And all you did was wrack up a 27-kill streak.
The Real Cost of All UAVs Destroyed Could Pay the U.S. Budget
As one of the easier perks to unlock in Call of Duty multiplayer, the UAV is a frequent occurrence in just about every single match. While you can probably easily count the number of UAVs you shot down last match on one hand, we'll wager you had no idea just how many have been destroyed in the lifetime of the franchise. 813 million UAVs have been destroyed in Call of Duty online matches. If you multiplied that number by the cost of a real-life drone ($4.3M), you'd get $3.4 quadrillion. Or, enough to pay the U.S federal spending budget 5,422 times.
Call of Duty Has Been Played For 25 Billion Hours
When you put together all the time spent by every player playing Call of Duty back to back, you get over 2.85 million years of playtime. That’s longer than humans have existed on Earth! In fact, if you were to go back in time 2.85 million years, we would still be indistinguishable from other great apes. Yes, Call of Duty has managed to out-pace evolution!
18 Billion Multiplayer Matches Have Been Played
Think you've played a lot of Call of Duty over the past ten years? You don't know the half of it. Since the franchise became synonymous with online multiplayer, Call of Duty has consistently found itself atop the "most played games" lists on just about every platform. While that type of consistency is impressive already, knowing just how many matches have been played is mind-boggling. According to Activision, 18 billion multiplayer matches have been played in Call of Duty. And you thought you played a lot of Call of Duty while your significant other was out of town last weekend?
Call of Duty’s Daily Players Could Fill 80 of the World’s Largest Sports Stadiums
Activision has logged over five million people playing Call of Duty at once in the days of Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2. That’s greater than the population of Los Angeles! In fact, that’s greater than the population of nearly every city in the U.S., other than New York.
Players Have Respawned 1.9 Quadrillion Times
Had a rough go of it last time you played Call of Duty's multiplayer? That's okay, so did the rest of the world. Over the life of the series, Activision claims there have been 1.9 quadrillion respawns in Call of Duty multiplayer. Somebody had to be on the losing end of those 18 billion multiplayer matches. We just didn't expect that number to be the equivalent of the world's population dying 266,816 times. But hey, at least you know you weren't the only one with a terrible K/D ratio.
31 Billion Care Packages Have Been Dropped
That total is impressive considering the care package itself is a killstreak that noobs have problems earning. What’s even more impressive is that, if you treated these care packages as real objects, you would have enough care packages to build 15,000 pyramids or 100 Great Walls of China.
100 Million People Have Played Call of Duty
Our number one entry in this list of Call of Duty Facts That Will Blow Your Mind is a big one. 100 million people have played Call of Duty. That’s a larger population than most countries! If the entirety of the Call of Duty fanbase formed a country it would have a greater population than Germany, France and the United Kingdom. They would be a credible international military threat. As long as they aren’t noob tubing.