$1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days – CoD: MW3

Activision released a press release today announcing that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had reached $1 Billion in Sales. 

"Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare™ 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in sales since its launch on November 8, 2011, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information.  Highlighting the trend of interactive entertainment gaining a greater hold of audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 16 days, eclipsing the record set in 2009 by the feature film "Avatar," which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days." – Activision Publishing, Inc

I guess this goes to show that the gaming industry has been gaining strength over the film industry because a growing number of people like to interact with their entertainment by playing the games, and not just watching a movie for two hours. Since these are two different industries, I am curious to see how Battlefield 3, or Skyrim's sales compete with Modern Warfare 3's, but I guess it is a good sign for Activision. The other thing to mention is that there are probably a lot less people who are purchasing Modern Warfare 3 than there are people who saw "Avatar" because for the price of one $60 game, you can have probably 7 or 8 people watching Avatar on the big screen at a movie theater.

"Our Call of Duty Elite is one of the fastest growing online services ever with more than six million players registered since its launch November 8, 2011 and over one million premium subscriptions sold to date.   By comparison, the premium subscription services of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sirius XM and Xbox® LIVE®, did not reach one million paid subscribers until almost one year after launch." – Activision

Let me know your thoughts about whether or not you think the gaming industry is growing to the point where it will completely be able to overtake the film industry, or what you feel these trends show (if anything).

Source: Activision