It’s been a week of huge new releases – but you may be surprised to learn which one is likely to win when it comes to making the most money.
In Los Angeles, thousands of excited Twi-hards camped out outside the Nokia Theatre to catch a glimpse of their movie star heroes at the black-carpert premiere of The Twighlight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.
It’s become something of a November tradition in the city, a kind of tent village springing up where fans stay for days, desperately hoping to get an autograph, photo, or even just a smile from the leading men and ladies of the film, which is the fifth and final instalment of the saga.
And, while you may think a video game wouldn’t stir up similar fervour, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has also attracted obsessed fans who waited for hours for the midnight launch of the game.
Stores around the world opened especially for the launch, with some staying open all night to cope with demand from customers who couldn’t wait to play the new version.
But, while you might think the latest incarnation of the Twilight Saga would be the real revenue winner, having already spawned thousands of column inches and social media comments, it looks though as if Call of Duty could have the edge.
When the original Call of Duty: Black Ops came out in 2010, it made more than $650m in just five days and with the buzz surrounding the second in the series, it seems Black Ops 2 could match, or even exceed that number.
Already, Black Ops 2 has sold an estimated eight million copies in just one day, making it the fastest selling computer game of all time.
The game was developed by Treyarch, and published by technology giants Activision, who are best known for the Guitar Hero franchise. The shooting game, which is available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, takes you through a fictional Cold War scenario.
So while lots of people are likely to drop off the radar for the next few weeks as they explore the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Twilight is expected to draw movie fans out in droves.
But, however popular it is, it is unlikely Breaking Dawn: Part 2 will bring its makers anything like the sort of figures expected with Black Ops 2.
The first part of Breaking Dawn made $705m worldwide during its entire run, with $290m of that coming from its opening weekend.
Both big releases have so far won equally good praise from critics, with the new Twilight movie transforming the opinion of self-proclaimed cynics. Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail said: “I can’t deny that I didn’t care very much for the four other movies. For the most part, they were poorly made and badly acted. Also, all that girl falls in love with soppy vampire, then a second suitor turns up who turns into a werewolf got on my nerves. But somehow, the final film has stuff to say about love, friendship and loyalty that works.”
Gaming critics were equally complementary about Black Ops 2. “Treyarch does a nice job showing us the future of war. It does an even better job showing us the future of Call of Duty,” said the New York Daily News.
It appears gamers hold the edge on movie buffs when it comes to who has the deepest pockets.