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<em>Grand Theft Auto V</em> Rakes in Over $800 Million in One Day

Just the Facts:
  • Grand Theft Auto V earned more than $800 million in global first-day sales, according to Take-Two Interactive Software.
  • Grand Theft Auto V delivered the highest first day retail sales of any title in the history of the company and the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • It broke the single-day sales record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

NEW YORK — The latest installment in the Grand Theft Auto Video game series, Grand Theft Auto V, earned more than $800 million in global first-day sales, according to Take-Two Interactive Software.

As the biggest video game release of the year, it was no surprise that the violent open-world title was able to deliver the highest first-day retail sales of any game in the series. More than 8,300 stores in North America opened their doors at midnight on September 17 to sell the game.

To put things in perspective, the record for an entertainment launch was set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II with $500 million in November 2012, and the previous Grand Theft Auto Video game made around $310 million when it was released in April 2008. On a similar scope, it took all summer for the Memorial Day blockbuster Fast and Furious 6 to gross $780 million worldwide.

It is estimated that around 10-12 million copies of the game left the shelf that first day.

We "could not be more pleased with the success of this launch," said Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two chairman and CEO, in a statement.

Some of Grand Theft Auto V's new features include scuba diving, golfing and the ability to own a car fair and square without having to carjack an old lady.

A multiplayer mode called Grand Theft Auto Online launches on October 1.

The title has yet to be released in Japan and Brazil. It is available now in the U.S. for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 starting at $59.99.

Edmunds says: The first-day global sales record is just one of many this title is going to break, we predict.

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