The rise was the company's highest for five years. However, higher costs pushed down net profits from $497.5m to $470.9m.
Same-store sales across all McDonald's brand restaurants were up 1.2% over the quarter. Same-store sales continued to fall in Europe, with a 1.8% decline over the quarter, while revenues in the Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa region fell 6.2%.
Jim Cantalupo, the company's chairman and chief executive, said: "I'm pleased with the strong customer response to our innovative new products.
"But I'm far from satisfied. This upturn reflects only the beginning of our worldwide revitalisation plan."