Grand Theft Auto V rakes in $800 million on opening day

By on September 18, 2013, 6:30 PM
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Take-Two Interactive on Wednesday announced that Grand Theft Auto V delivered the highest first day sales of any title in the history of the company. What’s more, it’s also the fastest-selling game in the history of the franchise as it earned more than $800 million worldwide on opening day.

The rapid sales put GTA V ahead of the curve in the race to the $1 billion mark. Last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 holds the current record as the fastest game or piece of entertainment (think movie tickets) to reach the milestone at 15 days. For reference, Black Ops 2 only earned $500 million on day one.

It may be surprising to some that video games are regularly earning more than blockbuster films. But when you consider the average game sells for about $60 versus the price of a movie ticket ($15), it quickly comes into focus. What’s more, people typically pre-order video games weeks and months in advance of their release – something that doesn’t happen with hit films.

Game studios like Take-Two Interactive are now also working on the same level as film studios in terms of production and marketing budget. It reportedly cost $260 million to create and market GTA V – that’s no small chunk of change.

Are you planning to pick up the game, waiting for a PC / next-generation version or do you have no interest in it at all? Also, any bets on whether or not GTA V will set a new record on the way to $1 billion in sales? Perhaps Battlefield 4 or Call of Duty: Ghosts may take the title before the end of the year?




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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Just how many wannabe criminals out there in the wild, leaves no question as to how US manages to top them all on the percentage of general population that's incarcerated.

As they say - fair game all around. Enjoy!

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

$260mil is nothing when you have $800 in 24hrs. Not counting running overheads like servers etc... that's enough for a few total flops on the scale of GTA5 in between releases.

3 people like this | Chris Barry Chris Barry said:

If it was out for the Pc you would of had my money!

1 person liked this | Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

325% return on the first day of sales. Hot damn! Who wants to make a videogame with me!?

2 people like this | Joshw Joshw said:

Can they make a PC version now?

1 person liked this | Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They deserve every penny in my opinion, It's a great game.

1 person liked this | Acespaces Acespaces said:

If the game would of come out for pc to I bet they would of hit that 1 bil mark on the first day easy.

1 person liked this | NoorAdin said:

Yes waiting for a PC version.

Guest said:

I got sucked in. I'm a PC gamer, but it's been unbearable waiting for the PC release in the past. I had to actually buy a PS3 to play it. However I may return the console and game within 30 days and buy my permanent copy once it's released on PC. Since buying a console for a single game is a bit retarded. :p

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I got it on PS3 and bro got it on the Xbox, We both would also purchase it if they released it on PC!

Any who, The Xbox version is definitely lacking slightly, load times when switching characters is much slower, textures are visibly lower res, a lot more pop up occurs, draw distance is slightly less and the lighting seems to be completely missing in places. Hell even the frame rate seems to dip more often on the Xbox version. On the good side for the Xbox though, shadows are softer.

Looks like Rockstar have mastered the PS3 programming wise.

Now if only they would release a PC version so I can run it at 1440p with even better textures, even better draw distances and even faster load times / frame rates...

The game itself though is a master piece, I only have beef with one option, that is the "press "X" to skip mission". I'm sorry Rockstar, I know your trying to get noobs to play the game but skipping missions as easily as that is a step backwards, what made the series great was the fact you had to get good at them to complete them, this just allows anyone to complete the game without getting very good at it. I guess it will separate the men from boys online though...

sentrycube sentrycube said:

Just how many wannabe criminals out there in the wild, l

Luckily those criminals will be in-doors playing GTA V. :{D

Guest said:

Rotten society would naturally love this.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Rotten society would naturally love this.

Sorry almighty higher being, please don't destroy us all for being so rotten.

1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Rotten society would naturally love this.

Haha! If anyone here is rotten, its you dude, GTA isn't to be taken seriously, that's the beauty of it, it takes the mick out of pretty much everything.

If I was to take a guess, your one of those people that complain about nudity on the TV, Porn on the internet and yes, violence in games...

1 person liked this | TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Could have been more $$$ if they just added PC to their releases. I'm stuck watching walkthroughs on YouTtube because I don't own either console.

Guest said:

Ah pc whiners. It will eventually come I am sure. But sheesh moan much ?

The freaking game belongs on the Playstation franchise since GTA3 started there and was the milestone that changed everything. So es te ef ew.

It would be nice to see a fully controller enabled pc version. Modding this huge ass sandbox would be fun.

But the game itself, it is very same ol same ol with some small new things to do and what so far seems a really pants plot leaving me very uninterested in playing.

2 people like this | MilwaukeeMike said:

Rotten society would naturally love this.

Haha! If anyone here is rotten, its you dude, GTA isn't to be taken seriously, that's the beauty of it, it takes the mick out of pretty much everything.

If I was to take a guess, your one of those people that complain about nudity on the TV, Porn on the internet and yes, violence in games...

GTA has a stigma associated with it, not because it is necessarily all that violent, but because it was the first popular game of the violent/gangster genre. Some people who don't play GTA think those who do are the same types of people who'd love to pick up a rock in a riot and throw it through a window just because they could do it without getting caught. They think GTA players are repressed adults who've never grown up, who like the violence of GTA because it makes them feel tough when they otherwise don't.

That's the stereotype that goes with GTA. I know it's a load of bull shine because I've played a lot of WoW in my time, and I don't wear elf ears on the weekends or think women are supposed to weigh 110 pounds, sport a pair of giant knockers or wear an iron bikini. It's just a stereotype associated with the game and it's probably unfortunately true more often than it should be. For example, the misogyny in fantasy games is very real... probably because a lot of players of those games don't get to spend much time with real women and the fantasy is all they know.

It's also a bit of bad timing on GTA V. Aaron Alexis (the guy who shot up the Navy Yard this week) supposedly played violent video games 16 hours a day (he also heard voices in his head, but whatever). So video games may be under fire for the next few weeks by people without brains looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

So let the ignorant do their stereotyping... it helps them feel better about themselves.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Could have been more $$$ if they just added PC to their releases. I'm stuck watching walkthroughs on YouTtube because I don't own either console.

Me too, I just can't bare the idea of how much fun id be having right now if my dear, sweet GTA 5 would be on my machine + I want to test my system with the new games. I guess il just have to wait for BF4 (though Arma 3 is giving my system a kicking, I NEED TO OC MOAH!).

Guest said:

I guess crime does pay...

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Could have been more $$$ if they just added PC to their releases. I'm stuck watching walkthroughs on YouTtube because I don't own either console.

Me too, I just can't bare the idea of how much fun id be having right now if my dear, sweet GTA 5 would be on my machine + I want to test my system with the new games. I guess il just have to wait for BF4 (though Arma 3 is giving my system a kicking, I NEED TO OC MOAH!).

Arma devs need a kicking for bringing out such as garbage engine. That shit is so unoptimized.

1 person liked this | IAMTHESTIG said:

I bet if they had a PC version release the same day as the consoles they would of hit that $1B the first day considering these numbers.

I am waiting for a PC version... if none comes out, then oh well, guess I'll play other games.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If it takes more then 5 months to release it, many players will simply loose interest and loose potential millions due to the hype wearing off. Late November or early December would be something ideal + holidays are coming.

Apparently leaked GTA5 PC internal testing from Rockstar Toronto's office.

[link]

Guest said:

The only reason I would buy GTA V for the PC are to play it with mods.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

The only reason I would buy GTA V for the PC are to play it with mods.

...and DLCs

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Apparently leaked GTA5 PC internal testing from Rockstar Toronto's office.

[link]

Nice catch! I will be sending this on! I know a few people who will be wet in their pants over this news.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nice catch! I will be sending this on! I know a few people who will be wet in their pants over this news.

I am not sure how legit it is though, it could be a spoof since few bits in them screenshots look very iffy.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I am not sure how legit it is though, it could be a spoof since few bits in them screenshots look very iffy.

Yeah I was thinking the same thing, still, it gives us hope xD

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Could have been more $$$ if they just added PC to their releases. I'm stuck watching walkthroughs on YouTtube because I don't own either console.

Likewise. Don't torment yourself watching walkthroughs, just wait till it gets released on the far superior platform & you'll enjoy it far more.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

If that's true, I wonder where he found the time to do what he did...

MilwaukeeMike said:

If that's true, I wonder where he found the time to do what he did...

Unfortunately it wasn't every day. [link]

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Always good to see high quality games rake in so much cash lol

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