Halo 4 kills it: US$220 million sales in 24 hours

They say the proof is in the pudding, and  apparently Halo 4 is a pretty freaking fantastic pudding, because in its first 24 hours, the 343 Industries developed game passed more than US$220 million in global sales. That’s like… a lot of sales. In fact, over 3.5 million copies, if my numbers aren’t completely out! That’s a lot of Master Chiefs.

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This makes it the biggest entertainment release of the year, topping both of the biggest day-one openings in U.S. box office history (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and this year’s biggest hit, The Avengers). Microsoft Studios corporate vice president had this to say:

We’re thrilled that ‘Halo 4′ has emerged as the biggest U.S. entertainment launch of the year. Thanks to the millions of fans worldwide who helped make this another record-breaking launch for the ‘Halo’ franchise, ‘Halo 4′ is kicking off a strong holiday season and has become the must-have blockbuster experience of the year.

But a challenger appears! Tomorrow marks the U.S. release of Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and many are predicting it will exceed Halo 4‘s record-breaking sales. $220 million is a pretty phenomenal amount, but Call of Duty is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) franchise in gaming right now, so I would be very surprised if CoD: BOII didn’t at least match the sales of Halo 4. But the proof IS in the pudding, so tomorrow we shall see!

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