×
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

  • ‘MapleStory’ Finally Gets Its Villain after

    ‘MapleStory’ Finally Gets Its Villain after a Decade of Waiting

    “MapleStory,” the long-running free-to-play MMO launched to North America in 2005, will finally introduce the villain that has played a key role in its narrative for over a decade, Nexon announced. The Black Mage arrives with the release of a new update now out in North America. The update was released in Korea this summer. [...]

  • A Look at Wevr's & Dreamscape

    How Wevr & Dreamscape Immersive Reinvented ‘The Blu’ for Location-Based VR

    When HTC first introduced its Vive virtual reality (VR) headset in April of 2016, “The Blu” quickly became one of the most talked-about launch titles: With its ability to transport viewers onto the deck of a sunken ship, and face-to-face with a giant 80-foot whale, it offered viewers a deeply moving experience of presence and [...]

  • Deadly Snowballs Come to ‘Call of

    Deadly Snowballs Come to ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’

    “Call of Duty” developer Treyarch is ringing in the season with an event that gives a full Christmas makeover to “Black Ops 4’s” Blackout and Zombies modes, and The Black Market cosmetic marketplace. Already underway, the Blackout Holiday Event adds snowballs, holiday lighting, decorations, and a holiday-themed Supply Stash to the battle royale mode. In [...]

  • Blizzard Is Ending ‘Heroes of the

    Blizzard Is Ending ‘Heroes of the Storm’ Esports Plans

    Blizzard is bringing an end to its official “Heroes of the Storm” eSports structures, and will be shifting some developers from the MOBA to other projects, it was announced today in a blog post from new Blizzard president J. Allen Brack and chief development officer Ray Gresko. “We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some [...]

  • 'Red Dead' Gold Turns Massive Western

    'Red Dead' Gold Turns Massive Western Video Game Romp Into Dull Online Grindfest

    “Red Dead Online,” the online multiplayer game developed in parallel with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” is being criticized for its digital economy, which is paying out gold at such a slow rate that it would take over 4,000 hours for a player to earn enough to purchase all items in-game. In a post on Reddit, [...]

  • Riot Games Exec Suspended After Investigation

    Riot Games Exec Suspended After Investigation Into Workplace Misconduct

    Updated: Riot Games chief operating officer Scott Gelb is on two-month unpaid leave and will receive training following an investigation into lewd behavior toward employees, according to an email sent out to employees and obtained by Variety. Riot Games confirmed Gelb’s suspension, which was first reported by Kotaku, to Variety Thursday evening. “As part of our ongoing [...]

  • ELeague Partners With Psyonix For Three-Part

    ELeague Partners With Psyonix for Three-Part 'Rocket League' Series

    Turner-IMG’s ELeague is partnering with “Rocket League” developer Psyonix to showcase highlights from arcade-style vehicular soccer game in a three-part TBS series. The series will kick off on Friday, Dec. 14 at 11 pm ET/PT on TBS, and will include a set of behind-the-scenes player interviews, highlights from the semifinal and Grand Final rounds of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content