It’s hardly surprising to learn that Grand Theft Auto IV has broken pretty much every imaginable record going. The release of Halo 3 produced one of the largest ever profits for an entertainment release, including Hollywood blockbusters, and GTA IV has followed in that same vein. While many games fail to live up to the kind of hype they are given, that doesn’t seem to be something that can be directed at GTA IV.
Over 600,000 copies on the PS3 and Xbox360 of the Rockstar hit were sold within the first 24 hours of release. It’s not the first time that the Grand Theft Auto series has broken records. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas sold marginally more than 500,000 copies during its first 24 hours, the title that GTA IV has smashed. The same game also holds the record for 677,000 copies sold in its first week.
There are yet more figures of note too. It is estimated that the first day sales of GTA IV will amass £24m. Hollywood films tend to rake in anything ranging from £2m to £13m in the same period.
Many expect GTA IV to sell more than a million copies in its first week. One of the biggest reasons for this potential figure is that this instalment in the series is the first to be released on two platforms – all previous GTA titles were only available on the PlayStation consoles. Approximately 55% of sales have so far been amassed on the Xbox360.
Thanks to the Times Online for the statistics and figures.