November 11, 2011 / 2:46 PM / 8 years ago

"Call of Duty" has $400 million in sales on day 1

A screenshot from the video game Modern Warfare 3 is seen in a handout photo. REUTERS/Activision/Handout

(Reuters) - Activision Blizzard’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” video game racked up more than $400 million in sales on its first day in stores in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Activision said in a statement on Friday its biggest holiday title had sold 6.5 million units, which breaks last year’s record of 5.6 million units, or $360 million in sales.

The version of the game released last year called “Call of Duty: Black Ops” went on to sell $1 billion in less than two months.

Shares of Activision, the largest U.S. video game company, rose 1.5 percent in light premarket trading to $13.17 on Friday on the Nasdaq.

Reporting by Liana B. Baker; Editing by Derek Caney

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