Call of Duty: Black Ops Earns $650 Million in First Week and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

Also in this Friday edition of The Broadsheet: Sarah Palin's presidential campaign of the future... Two Moses movies on the way... a young girl gets bullied for liking Star Wars... and more ahead.

· Well, then. Activision reports that Call of Duty: Black Ops earned an estimated $650 million in sales within five days of release, with about $360 million coming during the game's first day in stores on Nov. 9. If you feel like comparing apples and bananas: The record-breaking game would already rank as the second highest grossing movie of all-time. Take that, James Cameron. Also: Bow to video games, as they're the new movies. [LAT/Company Town]

· The Wrap asks, "Has Sarah Palin Invented the Presidential Campaign of the Future?" If that means helping conspire to have your daughter win Dancing with the Stars, fighting grizzly bears on TLC, and wearing tank-tops on Fox News, then she has. Anyone else think a Palin-led America will be a lot like a Professor Umbridge-led Hogwarts? [The Wrap]

· If only this were a joke: Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox are both developing movies based on Moses. From the Bible -- that Moses. At Warners, Moses will be "an epic version of the story of the Israelites' departure from Egypt." (Presumably in 3D.) Meanwhile, Fox has hired the screenwriters behind Accepted and the Olsen Twins movie New York Minute for their Untitled Moses Project. So you just know it's going to be good. Let my people go, etc. [Vulture]

· Chicago Now blogger Carrie Goldman sparked a firestorm this week when she posted an entry about how her first grade-aged daughter was picked on at school for liking Star Wars. "The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle," Carrie's daughter Katie cried. "They say it's only for boys. Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it. I want them to stop, so I'll just bring a pink water bottle." Before your heart breaks any more, check out the full post. In this case, it does get better. Promise! [Chicago Now]

· Your morning Glee update: Darren Criss' "Teenage Dream" topped the Billboard digital sales chart, making it the first Glee single to accomplish that feat. In not-so-good Glee news: F.C.C. complaints have landed for the "Britney/Brittany" episode. Turns out Sue Sylvester wasn't the only one concerned about the sex panther-like prowess of Ms. Spears. [omg!, The Smoking Gun]

· It's not about the X-Men character. The Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of Gambit, a caper film which originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, has found a financier and director. Crime Scene Pictures will provide the dollars, The Last Station's Michael Hoffman will provide the mise en scène. [Deadline]

· Just a whole bunch of bad decisions in this story: "A camouflage-clad Florida dance troupe" on the way to perform on 106 & Park on BET "set off a rush-hour terror scare when they ditched their cars in merciless Lincoln Tunnel traffic and tried to sprint through the tube." What happened next? Drawn guns, tears, panic, fear, confusion. [NYP]


  • NP says:

    re: Sarah Palin. I DVR'ed her stupid TLC show because I was curious and thought it might be fun in a train wreck-y way. I couldn't watch it for very long though. I had to turn it off after she compared the 14 foot fence she built around her house to the fence we need to build to "shore up" our nation's borders. Ugh.

  • Martini Shark says:

    Say what you will, I thought Caribou Barbie looked pretty good in a tank-top.

  • SunnydaZe says:


  • Martini Shark says:

    The irony in this is that this lone gaming title has out-grossed all the films based on video games combined.

  • CiscoMan says:

    Video game publishers constantly comparing their grosses to films is akin to James Cameron saying, "Hey, Haruki Murakami, see those Avatar numbers? Suck on that!"

  • Justin Lee says:

    Man, finally got around to buying the newest COD and it is definitely the most fun game in the series!