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Grand Theft Auto V Breaks $800 Million in Sales within Twenty-Four Hours

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Posted on September 18, 2013 AT 01:09pm

Grand Theft Auto V raked in $800 million in sales on the day of its release, publisher Take-Two announced today.

This marks the highest first-day retail sales for Take-Two Interactive and the Grand Theft Auto sales, considerably surpassing GTAIV‘s estimated $310 million dollars earned during the first 24 hours of its sale.

“All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V,” said Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick in a press release. “Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation, and excellence.”

And while Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 currently holds the record for entertainment release to reach $1 billion in sales the fastest—a feat accomplished within 15 days of its November 12, 2012 launch—GTAV may well be on its way to toppling Call of Duty‘s record, since its already exceeded Black Ops 2‘s $500 million first-day sales.

Josh awarded GTAV a 10/10 in his review, saying that Rockstar’s latest “expertly blends the best aspects of the last two major releases in the series, GTAIV and San Andreas, to set a new standard in open-world action.”

Grand Theft Auto V is currently available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in a $59.99 standard edition, a $79.99 Special Edition, and a $149.99 GameStop-exclusive Collector’s Edition.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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