GTA V day one sales estimated at $800 million

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Screw it, this pile is only from the South African sales

Ask anyone who has worked on a big budget game, and they’ll tell you that nothing is more important than first week sales. That’s where the bulk of the profits will come from, as a crowded marketplace and a second-hand environment only have so many days with which to turn a profit. And GTA V just turned a profit so ludicrous, it’s almost as criminal as its three lead characters.

According to internal sales estimates at Take Two, GTA V made $800 million on its opening day. Eight. Hundred. Million.Dollars. Italic font.

These figures come from sales across PS3 and Xbox 360, from European and North American territories. And that’s before the game has even gone on sale in Brazil and Japan. “All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V,” Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a press release that I’m about to lazily copy and paste below.

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.

It’s going to be a good business year for Take Two. GTA V will most likely hit the billion dollar mark before year’s end, while their upcoming slate also includes WWE 2K14, NBA 2K14 and XCOM: Enemy Within. And then there’s still the matter of more DLC for mega-popular games such as Borderlands 2 and Bioshock Infinite.

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Last Updated: September 19, 2013

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  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Arrrr, that be some mighty fine loot they ha’e plundered from gamers the world over.

    They be sailing home with their hulls and sails full. Arrrr

  • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

    Aye, ye be slappin PC sales in thar from day one, and there wudda been plenty more bounty

    • Wooden leg John

      Hear hear. Unfairly treated is what we have been, for we would’ve added great value to that ‘ere bounty

      • SaintsRowLee

        Says the Pirates!

        • Wooden leg John

          Oi! I be only a pirate of the seven seas! The Steam Island has given us great deals. Not all of us ‘ere are the same now!

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            Aye aye, ye speak the truth

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Aaar too many pirates there be… aaaarrr!

      • Rincemetimbers

        We be trying to piss the Geoff and Darryl off, we be! ARRRR!

      • Wooden leg John

        This is not a place for frail bananas! There ‘ere be a rough sea!

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          AAARRR!! Ye scallywag, peg-leg Jim they called me, before I retired and became a banana!

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            Ye have a banana fer a peg-leg?

          • ElimiNathan

            Aaaar, that aint no banana sonny!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)


          • The Noble TiMsTeR

            A one legged Banana, call ye an abomination!

  • Wooden leg John

    That be a great header there. But it’s not about the message I say, it’s all about the treasure!

  • Bob the Zealot

    Me not being a land-lubber, I never boarded that hype train. I be glad they be doing so well but they’ll never catch me. Not so long as I have the wind in me sails and me gold in me pocket, yarrr!

    • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

      Aye, ye be wise matie, wise indeed

      • Bob the Zealot

        There be far greater booty on the horizon, Admiral. There be aliens and augmented humans (X-COM) and Batman upon us before the tide changes. A pirate must watch is hard earned booty very carefully otherwise scallywags steal it from under our nose.

        • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

          Thar be grand bounty indeed matie.

          I be appreciatin’ yer avatar an’ name, yo ho!

          • SaintsRowLee

            Is @Garethv:disqus a zealot or a ho?

        • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

          Batman? Are ye refferin’ t’ Leatherwing?

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer


  • That Rum-Drunk Twit

    Italic font!? What be this ‘ere sorcery!

  • Rincemetimbers

    Before year’s end? Yee mad?! Before week’s end me thinks!

    • ElNicko

      more like , before the end of Tomorrow……COD making 1 billion $$$’s in sales in 15days is a joke compared to this

      • Rincemetimbers

        Aye! They be looting and shooting to the bank!

  • Theo Steenekamp

    Fucking excellent game. So I am not surprised. GTA online = OMG SO MUCH MONEY. I think sales will skyrocket again when that gets released.

    • SaintsRowLee

      Ahem!!! Language! This is a family site! Henceforth, please refrain from using the F-word, and rather use the child friendly ‘lovemaking’
      Thank you!

      • Wooden leg John

        Or just use the word m-kay!

      • DarthofZA

        lovemaking excellent game doesn’t have the same ring to it…

      • The Black Mossel


      • Theo Steenekamp

        Im sorry kind sir, just seen people like OVG etc use that word also:) sorry for offending you in any way. This is a family site alas… have yourself a F$$king good day:)

        • The Noble TiMsTeR

          Ovg is special that’s why he can use F bombs.

  • Rock789

    Damn fine company, ‘ol Take Two! Loving their games at the moment (from GTA V to Borderlands 2 to Bioshock Infinite…).

    They know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to making games! And I say more success to them for it! I’ll definitely keep on supporting. 🙂

    • Spathi

      Actually they just give the money, they don’t develop the games. But yes, they do invest in awesome games!

  • Mark Treloar

    For those who thought 6 million copies was an unrealistic target. What do you say now?

    • Rincemetimbers

      Tomb raider? Tololo

  • Spathi

    R* HQ: “Bad publicity from Fox and the Gamespot review you say? Oh no, no one will buy the game now!” *snicker*

    • Rincemetimbers


    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I’m not really sure what to think of the gamespot review. On the one hand I get where she’s coming from, but GTA has always been about showing the dirtiest underbelly of society, and if they sugar-coated gender issues, it would have just stuck out like a sore thumb.

      I mean for heavens sake… there’s A Gatmo-style TORTURE SCENE in one of the earlier missions, which is hectic, and I don’t think you’re supposed to walk out of it with a Ha-Ha!.

      Either she never played previous GTAs or “misogyny” has become like “generic”, a “go-to term” for hits. While articles like hers expose that gamers have a lot of growing up to do – far too many stone age minds out there- I have to (also) wonder whether that wasn’t a case of pestering the bear?

  • Tidycpc

    So what is COD record?

    • oVg

      400 million and it made 1 billion in 15 days beating AVATARs record of 17 days.

      So it looks like GTAV is going to Teabag COD… 🙂

      • Russell Gorall

        Buy whatever shitty pop game you want. Hurray for corporations.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    So in one day, and after spending a budget that was at James Cameron’s Avatar levels, they’re back in the black… Good ol’ Rockstar!

  • Tarisma

    Gees with PC sales they could of hit 1 billion

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)


      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        If you are responsible for keeping this game off PC’s….I will cut you.

        • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

          Aye, I’ll make thar Banana walk the plank!

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Walk the plank……I will klap him with it.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)


          • Skoobaz

            Make the banana-SPLIT!!!!

      • Wooden leg John

        Your generalization is foolish you wench! If all us pc gamers are pirates then all console gamers be fratboys who only play FIFA

        • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

          Har har har

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          They’re not? :/

        • The Black Mossel

          “fratboys who only play FIFA” – I say make all console gamers walk the plank! Yarrrrr!!!! They be swimming with sharrks for such blasphemy!

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        Ye be no longer me friend ye scallywag!

    • Kobus Nel

      Agreed. Launching on multiple platforms will for sure bring in more revenue. It’s simple math…

  • Rincemetimbers

    If it weren’t for that 46 signed petition, arrrr, twould be on 1billion!

    • Wenches Love Cool John

      Such incredible numbers is too much for us pirates to calculate.

      • Rincemetimbers

        “The highest number is 24!”

        • Blackbeard Timmy

          aarr 24 it is matie!!

        • Kobus Nel

          Or the magic number that is 42 😛

  • Tbone187

    bonuses all round!

  • KrazyGamer

    This is a very solid proof that Games these days are priced way too high.

    • Kobus Nel

      Agreed. But taking so long to bring such an awesome and more epic title than before it, probably makes it worth it. But I’m still not paying the price them console copies caries. I’ll be OK waiting for the PC copy to come out, and I’ll have BF4 to entertain me thill that day comes 🙂

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