“Grand Theft Auto V” has pulled off the biggest video-game haul in history, as the game’s first-day sales surpassed $800 million on Tuesday, putting it well above pace to become the fastest-selling game in history, game distributor Take-Two Interactive Software revealed Wednesday.
That’s more than even Superman could do, with the Warner Bros. film “Man of Steel” hauling in $663 million worldwide.
There are three different versions of Grand Theft Auto 5: the standard $59.99 version, the $79.99 special edition and the $149.99 collector’s edition, sold exclusively at GameStop.
So using simple math, taking the average price of about $60, that translates to more than 13 million units. It is the highest first-day retail sales in the company’s history and the GTA series, which had sold 125 million units before this release.
“All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in the press release. “Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence.
“Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series.In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment.
“We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch. Fiscal year 2014 is off to a great start.”
The creation of Grand Theft Auto V cost an estimated $265 million, making it the video game with the highest production budget of all time.
Now GTA V is the the biggest video game launch ever, exceeding the record set last November by Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” however, the RockStar creation still has a way to go before it can claim the mantle of best-selling video game of all time — a title held by the original “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which has sold an estimated 28 million copies since 2010, reports Fox News.
The question is whether GTA V will be able to maintain its momentum over the next two weeks and beat Activision with its consistently record-setting game. Then we’ll see whether Activision’s next massive release, “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” can match $800 million its first day.
Despite the big opening, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said he’s sticking with his initial forecast of 24 million units for GTA V.
According to the VG 24\7 report, during Take-Two’s annual shareholder’s meeting this afternoon, Zelnick reiterated the firm’s release schedule for the rest of the year: Grand Theft Auto Online will be released on October 1 alongside NBA 2K14; October 29 will see the release of WWE 2K14; Nov 12 marks the release of XCOM: Enemy Within; and new DLC for Borderlands 2 and BioShock Infinite are in the cards as previously reported.
Grand Theft Auto V is available now for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.