Activision Blizzard Earnings Beat Expectations

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Activision Blizzard reported quarterly earnings and revenue Thursday that exceeded analysts' expectations on strong holiday sales of its popular video games.

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Earnings excluding items rose to 78 cents per share from 62 cents a share in the year-earlier period .

Revenue improved nearly 8 percent to $2.60 billion from $2.41 billion a year ago.

The game maker credited results to strong sales of popular titles including "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2." That game, a press release said, made $1 billion within its first 15 days on the market.

Net income climbed to $354 million from $99 million in the quarter last year.

Analysts had expected the company to report earnings excluding items of 72 cents a share on $2.44 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

For the first quarter, the company expects to post earnings excluding items of 10 cents a share on $1.16 billion in revenue.