Analyst Pegs Modern Warfare 3 at 19M Sales This Year; Black Ops had 15M

The money guys are expecting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to sell a s–tload.

That fact may not be news, per se, but when you start to apply the projected numbers, things get a little more interesting. One analyst from Baird Equity Research expects MW3 to rake in somewhere between 18 million and 19 million sales before the end of the fiscal year on Dec. 31. Not only would that make it a ludicrously high-selling entertainment release of any kind, it would help it to eclipse the record-breaking Call of Duty: Black Ops, which moved 15 million units in the same time frame last year.

Those 18 million to 19 million sales would generate something in the neighborhood of $1.2 billion in revenue for Activision, which would help off-set continually declining World of Warcraft subscription numbers and help keep the big pool of money at a comfortable 90 feet deep.

Another analyst, Michael Pachter, put the MW3 targets a little lower: around 16 million units sold this year. That would still allow the game to comfortably pummel Battlefield 3 sales, which are expected to come in at around 8 million.

Via Gamasutra.

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