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The Division eclipses Destiny with $330M opening week, best ever for a new franchise

Still no hard sales numbers, though

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Tom Clancy's The Division continued selling well after its impressive first 24 hours, breaking Destiny's record for the highest sales of a new franchise — in dollars, not number of copies — during its first five days of release, publisher Ubisoft announced today.

Activision launched Destiny in September 2014, and reported sales of $325 million from the game's first five days on the market. Ubisoft announced today that estimated worldwide revenue from The Division's first five days of release exceeded $330 million. Destiny launched on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while The Division is available on PS4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

"The Division taking the top spot in the industry for first week sales of a new franchise is a tremendous achievement," said Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder of Ubisoft, in a press release. "We are very proud of our teams, and humbled by and thankful for the millions of players who are giving us their feedback and support."

Last week, Ubisoft said that The Division set multiple internal Ubisoft records, including the one for number of copies sold on launch day. The publisher also said The Division came in as one of the top four launches of new brands in gaming history, with the other three being Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs and Activision's Destiny.

Now The Division stands alone at the top of the opening-week sales chart. In addition, Ubisoft reported that The Division is now the publisher's best-selling game of all time during its first week of release. The company has not announced specific figures for the number of copies sold.

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