×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Earns Record-Breaking $725 Million Opening Weekend

Red Dead Redemption 2” broke records in its first three days on sale, pulling in more than $725 million in worldwide retail sales and achieving the biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment, developer Rockstar Games announced.

That tops the highest-grossing movie in history, “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” which earned more than $640 million during its opening weekend earlier this year. But “Red Dead Redemption 2” still isn’t the highest grossing entertainment launch of all time. That honor also goes to Rockstar Games for “Grand Theft Auto V,” which earned more than $1 billion in sell-through in its first three days. Because “Grand Theft Auto V” launched on a Tuesday, it left the door open for “Red Dead Redemption 2’s” — which launched on a Friday — record-setting weekend.

Rockstar also reports that according to Sony Interactive Entertainment, “Red Dead Redemption 2” set records for highest ever pre-orders, highest day one sales and highest sales for the first three days in market on the PlayStation Network.

“Red Dead Redemption 2” is currently the highest critically reviewed game on the PlayStation 4, with an average score of 97 on Metacritic, and the top game on Xbox One, also with an average score of 97 on Metacritic.

In Variety’s review of the game we wrote that it was Rockstar Games’ best creation to date and that the game makes “an incredible first impression.”

“It is one of the most visually stunning environments ever executed in a video game, and that’s not a statement spoken with hyperbole. It’s a technical tour de force, establishing its bona fides as its characters drive new obvious paths through snow and mud, as light filters through an atmosphere that effectively depicts the enormous scale of its environments. Its characters are incredibly detailed and animated, painstakingly executed in a way that brings to mind the big-budget console exclusives companies like Sony and Microsoft use to sell their own hardware. You can see the muscles work under the velvet-y skin of a horse.”

You can read more about the game’s tumultuous creation, how it was written, how to cheat in the game and more in Variety’s complete guide to “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

The game follows Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. Following a botched robbery in the western town of Blackwater, the gang is forced to flee and, with federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, leaving Arthur to make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

More Gaming

  • Watch The New York Game Awards

    Watch New York Game Awards Live Right Here

    The New York Game Awards take place tonight at 8 p.m. EST. People can watch on Twitch beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the New York Videogame Critics Circle channel or in the player below. Every year, the New York Game Awards recognizes the best in games journalism. Nominees this year include The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh, [...]

  • Casey Hudson Invites Player Feedback in

    BioWare's Hudson Invites Player Feedback in 'Anthem' Pre-Launch Blog

    There’s one month left until BioWare’s latest project “Anthem” is set to launch, and general manager Casey Hudson has taken to the studio’s official blog to discuss its debut. “Back in 2012 when we first conceived of Anthem (then codenamed DYLAN), we wanted to create a whole new fictional universe, full of BioWare quality story [...]

  • Americans Spent More Than $43 Billion

    Americans Spent More Than $43 Billion on Video Games in 2018

    American gamers helped fuel a record-breaking $43.4 billion in revenue for the U.S. video game industry in 2018, the Entertainment Software Association and The NPD Group said Wednesday. This marks a total 18 percent growth in revenue compared to the $36.9 billion in total revenue generated in 2017, according to data provided from market intelligent [...]

  • 'Far Cry: New Dawn' Will Incorporate

    'Far Cry: New Dawn' Will Incorporate 'Light' RPG Mechanics, Revamped Outposts

    “Far Cry: New Dawn” developers took to Twitter for a series of Q&A tweets that offered a look into the game’s creative process, including the game mechanics that have changed since “Far Cry 5.” The game will take a slightly different approach to player interaction, notably borrowing elements from role-playing games. Today's Developer Q&A features [...]

  • 'Metro Exodus' Trailer Showcases Weapons and

    'Metro Exodus' Trailer Showcases Weapons and Customization

    Deep Silver and 4A Studios released a new “Metro Exodus” trailer on Tuesday detailing some of the game’s varied selection of weapons and customization options. The four-minute clip introduced several classes of weapons as well as some of their customization options, which take them from pedestrian arms to veritable protection from the enemies waiting to [...]

  • Blizzard Reveals Its Plans for 'World

    Blizzard Reveals Its Plans for 'World of Warcraft' Esports in 2019

    Blizzard recently detailed its plans for “World of Warcraft” esports in 2019. It’s bringing back two tournaments — the Arena World Championship (AWC) and the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) — and launching some new in-game toys to help fund prize pools, it said in a blog post on Thursday. The Arena World Championship will return [...]

  • Twitter

    Video Games Took Twitter By Storm in 2018, Amassing 1 Billion Tweets

    Video games were a hot topic on Twitter in 2018, with over 1 billion tweets made about the medium globally that year alone. Rishi Chadha, Twitter’s Head of Gaming Content Partnerships, took to the official Twitter blog with a series of insights on the video game industry and its massive influence on the social media [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content