‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Earns $800 Million in a Day, More than Worldwide Haul of ‘Man of Steel’

Grand Theft Auto V earns $800

Sales are a record for the franchise and publisher Take-Two Interactive

The release of Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto V” generated $800 million sales in 24 hours around the world, a record for any game from Take-Two Interactive, and the “GTA” franchise itself.

Success of the game bodes well for other tentpole game releases debuting this fall including the next “Call of Duty,” “Assassin’s Creed” and “Battlefield” sequels, as well as “Batman: Arkham Origins” and newcomer “Watch Dogs.”

The release of “GTAV” is certainly impressive, especially when compared to film releases.

The top three earners at the box office this year are Disney’s “Iron Man 3,” which generated $1.2 billion; Universal’s “Despicable Me 2,” at $840 million; and Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel,” at $663 million.

UPDATE: Record Breaker: ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Reaches $1 Billion in Three Days

“GTAV” boasted a budget just as lofty as most tentpoles, with Rockstar spending around $115 million to make the game and Take-Two another $150 million to market it throughout the year.

Of course, games are more expensive than movie tickets: “GTAV” is priced at $59.99 for the standard edition, $79.99 for a Special Edition and $150 for an exclusive GameStop edition.

“We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in a statement of the game which has generated high scores from game critics. It has a 98 on Metacritic.

Activision’s bestselling “Call of Duty” franchise earned $500 million in a day when “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” was released in the U.S. last year.

It went on to earn $1 billion in 15 days, setting a record for the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise and the videogames biz. That figure was a record for the franchise, one day faster than 2011’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

SEE ALSO: ‘Black Ops II’ crosses $1 billion sales mark

The results of “Grand Theft Auto V” don’t come as a surprise and follow reports from several analysts that predicted the game would make $1 billion in its first month of release and move 20 million copies by the end of Take-Two’s fiscal year in March 2014. “Grand Theft Auto IV” shipped nearly 25 million units after its release in 2008.

However the final numbers blew away even some analysts’ expectations, with hundreds of people waiting in lines in cities around the country to get their hands on the first copies of the new game on Tuesday.

“We see potential for worldwide day-one sell-through of 6.5 million units (and) $400 million for GTA V,” said analysts Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser of Sterne Agee.

SEE ALSO: Report: ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Expected to be Fall’s Best-Selling Video Game

The fifth installment in the “Grand Theft Auto” series has yet to launch in Japan and Brazil.

Game revolves around a trio of criminals who pull off heists in a fictional version of Los Angeles, known as Los Santos. Appeal of the franchise over the years has been the ability to veer off and explore the city, stealing cars and causing mayhem.

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  1. Holy crap, thanks very much for posting this! Grand Theft Auto V looks Super Outstanding! Is everyone going to wait to play online until after you complete the story? Or are you just gonna rip into it and not even bother?

  2. Neal Morton says:

    Who wrote this crap of an article GTAV made 1 Billon dollars in three days not 15! Just wait and see how it takes off when it goes online!

  3. Neal Morton says:

    It is not Gamestop edition that sales for $150 IT IS ROCKSTAR COLLECTORS EDITION, I know I bought one direct from Rockstar* Gamestop is a ripoff. I’ll never do business with them old gamer(62)

  4. John says:

    I have been enjoying playing this game a lot, it was totally worth it. Guides from here http://playstationgameplay.com/ helped me a lot also.

  5. eqquesz says:

    All you freaking NAZI COPS would love to get your hands on this game , too. If they were given a free copy by ROCKSTAR GAMES (like they get coffee and doughnuts) it probably would solve the mysterious posts against the game.

  6. JimVincent says:

    Tea party conservative here, and I LOVE GTA V. I’ve been gaming since the late 70s and it took this long for me to be so hyped about a game, that I actually pre-ordered it.

  7. REALIST says:

    I love the protestor “freak” as the narrator describes, obviously a parody of a TEA partier…Yeah, what nutjobs to want the gun toting gangster felons portrayed in the game to stay in their 3rd world hellhole countries rather than continue to stream into America illegally and fill our prisons and streets with violence while sucking our social systems dry while we all get to pay more for it.. Liberal propaganda at its finest.

  8. 50-year old American GOPer says:

    Get off my lawn, you lousy kids!

  9. eqquesz says:

    The Constitution says if there are Publishers and the masses that want MY game KILL THE INTERN; KILL THE JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR, THEY WILL BUY IT AND MARKET IT, D@mn it!

  10. Kyle Kepley says:

    Our society outlaws porn, but yet this type of crime glorifying game is allowed and promoted. I’d rather my kids looked at porn than this morally inverted cultural poison.

    • Andy Dufrane says:

      Kyle, the groids have an average IQ between 75 and 80. They are basically tarded. That is why they can’t understand the difference between “I’d rather” and “I want.”

    • eqquesz says:

      Where do you live? Cause we want to know where to send the Cops and CPS; it’s because you’re an idiot enough to let your KIDS watch porn and post this BS. Our society should outlaw nasty @ss disease- ridden whores- for- pay, saddle tramps; but your stuipid @ss wants YOUR KIDS TO WATCH!

      • eqquesz says:

        YOU WROTE: “I’d rather my kids looked at porn than this morally inverted cultural poison.” – And you still don’t get the idea that PORN is morally corrupt- YOU could have wrote, ” I would rather MY KIDS have and play the game than ROB Liquor stores and Automobiles”, but NO- YOU DIDN’T WRITE THIS.

      • Kyle Kepley says:

        I didn’t say I WANTED my kid to watch porn you dumb ass video game addled pixel junkie. Man you people are like drug addicts in the way you vehemently defend your addiction to simulated crime.

  11. eqquesz says:

    Your MOM probably bought this game for you, huh? And it’s the POS GOP that’ll be campaigning against video-gaming Gladiators attacking school children, for the gun’s they went hunting together with. I am still getting this GAME.

    • Scott Taylor says:

      You people are what is wrong with this country with “GOP blames video games” and “The Dems blame guns”. No body blames the person. Oh no, we can’t have a society where people are responsible for their own actions. We have to find a way to blame something or someone else. Left blames NRA and right blames GTA. You are both stupid and wrong. We have the RIGHT to carry a firearm and a RIGHT to play video games. This progressive crap on both sides is what will cause this country to fail.

      There are good aspects to even violent video games that those who have never played them don’t see. VG teach kids to set a goal and accomplish it (aka level 1). Online play teaches team work and how to win and lose with dignity. (yes I know most online haven’t figured out the dignity part yet, but they will eventually). teaches team work and working toward a common goal and strategy.

      I do have to say this though. I haven’t played GTA V yet but I have played GTA IV and I gotta say it did make me pretty violent. The way they give you a mission where you have to drive to the other side of their 200 mile long city only to get out, get shot in the head and start over ALL THE WAY BACK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP. I never did finish that game because of that. I have never thrown my controller so much and cursed so loud. With that being said, I won’t buy this one unless I know the checkpoints are fixed. I have found saints row to be much more fun lately. I would like to try it for myself but I can’t see paying $60 to find out they didn’t fix the problem.

      • eqquesz says:

        Scott Taylor- Three paragraphs that was a waste of time, reading and writing ( at the same time probably proofreading and writing) There is a PILL for that.

    • J:I:AM says:

      Don’t you mean POS Democrat?

  12. Ben Gauzzi says:

    This is funny. This game promotes Felony Stealing of Automobiles, and yet they expect you to pay for their Offensive Misdemeanor Game, I wouldn’t think they should mind if you lifted a Full Truckload or Two and passed them out to your Buds, just for the Thrill of it of course.

    • eqquesz says:

      BEN- Your WORDS promoted the games constructed RULES of PLAY- Promoting Felony Stealing of Automobiles is a conspiracy and is punishable by LAW. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

  13. I love to check out this game, but I’ll have to wait for it to come out for the PC, if it ever does.

    • Deez says:

      Looking at past GTAs… the wait is about 6 months to be released on PCs.

      The Xbox 360 version is fantastic, but you can tell it’s not living up to what it could be (due to it running on 7 year old hardware). I’m hoping for next gen versions to come out at release!

  14. I understand the comparison, but at the same time I don’t. It didn’t really earn it in one day, people have been pre-ordering. And each copy costs $60…

  15. GTA is an interesting game and not a remake. so- surprise surprise. oh- and no johnny depp

  16. Lelala says:

    So, a new mark in vid.game earns & incomes; producing these titles get more and more complex, the first title surpassing the billion is not that far away (simply compare hollywood budgets raising and then the first movie surpassed one billion in revenue a few years ago).
    And the best thing: It will continue to rais ;-)

  17. reactance says:

    First off, these games have a age restriction where kids are not allowed to purchase them. So with that being said it’s the parents responsibility. That falls into category of values. Again for people that still believe that games contribute. I suppose people that committed the same crimes before video games just had a really good imagination? Come on people, use your brain.

    • Michael says:

      All I can say is enjoy your “game” everyone! And please try not to blow the rest of up in real life if you can help it. Some of us are just trying to get through life without even thinking about or pretending to hurt other people in any setting at all. That’s just an odd thing about the rest of us.

  18. Michael says:

    I’m not 33, I’m 58 and when I was a kid if someone published a “game” involving killing people and robbing banks I think they would have been committed to a psychiatric ward. This is “fun”?

    • Ryan82 says:

      So you never played cops and robbers when you were young? A timeless childhood game about robbing places and having shoot-outs with the cops. Sounds kind of similar doesn’t it.

    • George says:

      I’m 66 and enjoying the heck out of it :-)

      • Jay in DC says:

        Grow up! Don’t you know videogames are only for socially awkward teenagers with sociopathic tendencies? Of course, that hasn’t been the case since the 1980s but then I don’t see “Variety” as a rag that is really hip to that.

  19. Rick says:

    I’m not in favor of putting filth of any kind (violence, sex, etc.) out there for people to consume. But I do believe it is their right to consume filth as they see fit. They may not consider it filth, and that up to them to decide. I also don’t believe that this should be blamed for the real-life actions of any individuals. If people cannot separate fiction from reality and cannot attribute consequences to their actions, then there is something else wrong with them. Frankly I think we do everything we can today to shield people from the consequences of their actions, not that that’s always entirely bad, but I think the mental issues we attribute to video games may have more to do with that than anything else.

  20. reactance says:

    Michael you are just as crazy as the one’s that commit these crimes if you believe that. There are tens of millions of people that play these games. I guess the rest of them are future murders huh…

  21. I’m Playing it right now, its FREAKIN ROCKS ! ! !

  22. Michael says:

    This stuff is directly responsible for what happens on the 6pm news. It is a abnormal to even dream this stuff up, let alone buy it and look at it. It is deeply threatening that anyone would be interested in it.

  23. Keith says:

    I’m a 33 year old father of 2. I own two businesses. I own an array of firearms as well. I also play GTA and was one of those millions that bought it on the day it was released. I’ve played these types of games since I was young. If you believe that these games have more to do with violence than watching the 6pm news, you are delusional. These psychos kill for the fame, not because they have some fantasy they need to fulfill from playing grand theft auto.

  24. Michael says:

    I don’t believe that you don’t have the urge to go postal. You DO have the urge to go postal. Otherwise you would not be “playing” this “game.”

  25. EviLibertarian says:

    Guns don’t kill people and video games don’t kill people. If you believe in one of those statements and not the other you are a hypocrite.

    • Kyle Kepley says:

      Both statements are true, but guns make it a hell of a lot easier to kill people and games give you a way to practice. I’m not for banning either one, but don’t deny the danger they both pose. There is also something warped about the human race in that such a large percentage of people get enjoyment from engaging in simulated crime.

  26. Herman Vogel says:

    Isn’t it sad that people, especially young people, would rather play a game in which private property is stole and destroyed or sold then make something of themselves or be productive? Is this why our country no longer produces and we no longer have young people that know how to, or want to do work that involves sweat? sad. we are circling the drain…

    • 13294087 says:

      The games are all bought by kids..were you out there working a full time job when you were a teenager? Besides, its not as if everybody that buys the game is quitting their jobs to play it 24/7. When a new board game is released, you don’t hear people moaning about how its ruining the lives of those that play it, and they are viewed in the same light to those that play video games..

  27. Video games kill as many people as guns do…zero.

    • eqquesz says:

      It’s the LETHAL PROJECTILES that have the real BODY-COUNT, HUH? Then it’s the manufacturers of the lethal projectileS that should be prosecuted, huh? REDNECKS SHOULD STILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR GUNS , HUH? Where are the RUBBER BULLET manufacturers?!!! HUH?!!! WHY DO YOU PRAY TO A FLAG AND HONOR MILITARY GLADIATORS?! HUH?!!

  28. Michael says:

    Movies books and songs are different. The people who produce and “play” this crap are a danger to all of us. This is directly responsible for the violence in our society. Disgusting.

  29. Let's look at this says:

    You know what else the overwhelming majority of Mass Murderers have in common…a more common strain than video games, but pretty much glossed over or ignored by the media… Mental Illness. People are too quick to blame a perceived easy target than to address a serious issue in our society. We simply ignore people with mental disabilities and illnesses.

    Individual privacy laws prevent doctors and people who help folks who realize they need help from letting society know when they go off their meds or become a danger to society. Apparently we value their privacy more than the lives of the innocent people they slaughter. Folks used to be forced into mental hospitals or facilities when they were a danger to others. Now, attorneys are so quick to sue anyone or anything, we’re scared to do what is right.

    Are violent video games the cause? No. Are they helping the situation…probably not. But let’s look at the real issues facing our society…not just yell at video game makers.

  30. Wow I can’t believe how many of you are afraid of a video game. If you believe they are a cause for violence then you must believe that movies, books, and songs are too. Helter Skelter anyone? You all are some of the biggest hypocrites out there.

  31. Julienne says:

    And Hollywood says it has no responsibility for inciting violence in our country?

    All of the massacres in America in the last decade were committed by violent-video-game players.

    • jared turner says:

      oh please if your child grows up and becomes a serial killer or thug don’t blame video games, the only cause of that is your poor parenting. 25million copies were sold of gta 4 several years ago I dont see 25 million reports of people committing massacres since then. Games don’t kill people bad parents do a better job of that

    • Post hoc, ergo propter hoc?

      Don’t fall for the fallacy. The mentally ill are attracted to violent video games, perhaps — but not created by them. Mass murderers are attracted to firearms, perhaps, but not created by them.

      • Firespike8 says:

        I am the perfect example of a kid that’s grown up along violent video games. I’m 17 now. I have never so much as hit anyone. I’ve played, GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV, Call of Duty (Black ops 2, modern warfare 2,3.) I have great parents, and a loving family, two of my younger brothers have also played such games. Again, ZERO violence. Oh yeah, and about these games wasting my life away? I have straight A’s, consistently achieving 100%’s. There is a way to juggle games and homework, it’s called proper parenting. Y’see, if the parents keep the kids work habits in check, rather than letting them do as they please, maybe less kids would waste away in front of the screen. Bad parenting, mental illness or a bad environment growing up. That’s what turns kids into criminals, not violent video games.

  32. Imahippyburning says:

    Excellent, more mindless violent entertainment to further help desensitize the youth in society! Great Job! Maybe a few more mass shootings will result from the mentally deficient who spend endless hours viewing this drivel…

    • Last time I checked video games dont kill people.. I’ve played every GTA and every Call of Duty and I have never had the urge to go postal because I have a conscience.. We can sit here and blame guns, video games, etc for why people become monsters but people seem to forget the root problem… PARENTING…

  33. Tom says:

    Just about everyone that bought this game bought it because of the same reason Obama got to be president………….’HYPE”. Work’s everytime!

  34. Tom says:

    Video Games = A Boring Life!

  35. yerfackingmammy says:

    It’s a hit because all the bad guys are white.

  36. Big video game player, all my life. This is the second big release that my wife and I said, “No. That doesn’t help us be better people.” and just skipped it.

    First release we skipped was saint’s row 4. Been playing that series for years, it’s our favorite.

  37. yerfackingmammy says:

    when the biggest that happens in your economy is facking video game for alleged grown-ups, your society is DOOMED.

  38. Hey Bill Gates!!! ya youu…!!!, are you going to pay for all the victims you and your gaming empire are resposible for??? your hands are covered in BLOOD BILL GATES…….Bill the last 5 or 6 mass shootings nut bags shooters, all learned to kill on your video games…..Sleep now in the fire

  39. Lou Stevens says:

    Should we really be surprised why people are screwed up these days.

    • John says:

      Can we blame all serial killers and mass murderers for doing what they did because of Pong? I’m sure Charles Manson was crazy because of Pong. Are you all really that naïve? How bout this…Hollywood should never make another movie with a gun in it since guns are the other cause. How can we give money to Hollywood when they profit off violence as well? I’ll wait on your idiotic responses.

  40. Blank says:

    As a salesman in the video game department of a store I can thank this personally for making Tuesday my highest paying day in commision.

  41. Suicidal says:

    Am I the only one who finds it sad that they spent $35 million more advertising the game than making it? Screw all the holier than though blathering below, this is a sad statement of our society today.

  42. vijay says:

    i ll definatly play this game soon

  43. Amused says:

    It’s just a video game.
    Some people like that.

    Professional baseball/football/basket ball is also just a game.
    (Actually just game(s) better played by children)
    Some people like that, too.

    Want to spend about $50 on entertainment?
    Buy the video game or….
    Pay half of the cable bill that brings ESPN to your wide screen every month.

    There is not much difference.

    It is fun to watch the extreme reaction to both groups on “stuff you do after work when there is nothing more important to do”.


  44. Jesse Locke says:

    “Guns have always been around. In the 1700s, colonial Americans were the most heavily armed people in the world but homicides involving guns were rare. From the early 1970s through the late ‘90s the number of handguns owned by Americans increased 160 percent … yet over that period the murder rate declined [by] 27.7 percent.…

    Availability of “assault” weapons was not a problem in the 1940s, ‘50s, or most of the ‘60s … yet, for some reason, no juvenile had ever committed a multiple homicide in a school until 1975…

    Think about that. Five thousand years of recorded history. Five hundred years of gunpowder combat. One hundred and fifty years of repeating firearms. Yet, despite it all, no one can find a single case, anywhere in the world, where a juvenile committed a multiple homicide in a school prior to 1975.”

    Control: exposing the truth about guns
    by Glenn Beck

  45. joe says:

    Also to the people saying this is part of America’s violence problem, grow up. Guns dont kill people, games movies music doesnt make a young person shoot up his school. uall are the same ones pointing fingers at McDonald’s for our obesity problem or Miley Cyrus for teen pregnancy. Look in the mirror, thats where the problem starts. Youre too high amd mighty and think all problems can be blamed on others. The problem is one, young parents dont give a rip what their kids do, dads walk out n moms workin two jobs, very few have guidance. Two we have a horrible mental health problem. But hey who am I, just look for the government to make it okay by stripping more rights and keep pointing fingers at objects and not the real issues.

  46. joe says:

    Not to nit pick, but its not the 5th installment as the name suggest. There was gta Vice City which released after gta3 and gta San Andreas after that. Both were stand alone games that had extra content (dlc) for both.

  47. denis says:

    If I had a son….. that would be Grand Theft ….but to be honest, I believe the american public is going to see a Grand private information theft in the next few years…..as Edwards told us….there is nothing you can hide…not even my identity while I’m writing this comments…….sorry guys I have to stop…somebody is knocking the door…ooops!

  48. Travis says:

    I have played games for over 30 years and do not have a desire to kill, steal, or hurt others. How about we hold people accountable for their own actions and stop giving them excuses by blaming video games, guns, and other BS.

    • James Brown says:

      I don’t know the answers but if you were to treat paranoid schizophrenics with 8 hours a day of GTA would that be a good idea? Over 300 million in the US and probably a hundred thousand gamers that will eventually develop a severe mental disorder and out of that you will have a increasing occurrence of mass killings. The game produces definitely have blood on their hands and they know it.

      • Christopher says:

        So how many individuals are killed in motorvehicle accidents each year in the US? Or to narrow the scope, how many alcohol-related driving fatalities occur annually? In 2011 alone, 9787 killed. 2010, 10,228. 2009, 10,759. Mass killings? According to a study conducted by criminologist James Alan Fox, from 1976 to 2010 there were 645 events totalling 2,949. Your speculation is unfounded and dangerous.

      • there are many things that trigger violent episodes, and games aren’t even close to topping the list….take accountability. I’m sure if your child was in this industry you’d have a different opinion….entertainment is entertainment…unless you’d like to make the arguement that HBO sunday’s has corrupted our youth as well…

  49. Joey Ragoni says:

    Rated AAA – “Aaron Alexis Approved”

  50. bronzebomber says:

    Use that money to release that game on the frigging PC Rockstar. Im foaming at the mouth.

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