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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours 396

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An anonymous reader writes "The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V was released at midnight yesterday, and to no surprise has managed to break the record for highest sales in 24 hours. Distributors Take-Two Interactive have announced that the game has managed to achieve a staggering $800m (£490m) worth of sales within the first day, and is certainly going to break the forecasted $1 billion within the week. The record was previous held by Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops which made $500m within 24 hours in 2009. The game also holds the title for the quickest entertainment product to achieve $1 billion in sales as they hit the mark by day 15."
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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

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  • Need more numbers (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 19, 2013 @06:00AM (#44891823)

    This is close to the highest grossing films (Avatar at 2.7 billion), but there is a difference in that we don't get to know how much a game cost and how much it sold unless the publisher wants us to.

    All films have budget and box office numbers on their Wikipedia pages and IMDB and I think it's about time that happened for video games as well.

  • by Thanatiel (445743) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @06:21AM (#44891899)

    Here at least, I've heard about the game in the "News" again and again. (Belgium)

    Such or such shop exceptionnaly opened at 22:00 so people could queue and buy the game at 00:00 (here shops are usually closed at 18:30).
    Such or such "expert" speaking about the influence on the children of such "an incredibely well done game, so realistic and with such an incredible level of freedom ...".

    Is it so amazing that, with so much coverage, people not knowing anything about games would have an incentive, an urge, to put their hands on that "phenomenon" ?

    I only remember that GTA IV was so boring, so repetitive and so identical to the previous ones that I put it aside for some other game.
    Still, GTA IV was also highly rated and heavily advertised/covered by "journalists".

    History repeats itself. Deal with it.

  • by captainpanic (1173915) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @07:19AM (#44892097)

    Movie ticket: $10, 2 hours entertainment –$5 per hour.
    Pub: $20, 4 hours entertainment – $5 per hour.
    Typical AAA game: $40, 30 hours entertainment –$1.33 per hour.
    GTA: $60, 100 hours entertaiment – $0.60 per hour.

    I'd say GTA is pretty well priced already.

    That just says that the movies and beer in pubs are way too expensive.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @07:58AM (#44892293) Homepage

    Wait, so this means they also lost $2.2Billion to piracy then? I keep forgetting their fake numbers they keep trotting out on how much the companies lose to piracy.

  • Re:Sure (Score:5, Interesting)

    by interkin3tic (1469267) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @09:11AM (#44892847)
    Do tell, what entertainment do YOU like? Wait really? You like THAT? LOL! Well, fine if you like it, but that's (pick all that apply):
    Overrated, Shallow, Stupid, technically flawed, Pretentious, communist, capitalist, feudalist, colonialist, neocolonialist, imperialist (I guess like storm troopers?), mysoginist, hipster, racist, elitist, too mainstream, vulgar, liberal, conservative, unamerican, something sheeple would do, libertarian, classist, immoral, gluttonous, lewd, vain, arrogant, environmentally unsound, unsustainable, disrespectful to native americans, disrespectful to african americans, disrespectful to moon men, culturally insensitive in some other way, fanboish, stupid, homosexual, (some insult based on heterosexuality), effete, too macho, lame, overrated again (because somehow other people liking it is somehow a really big insult), too mainstream, Too popular, not popular enough, Lame, Whiney, left, Right, transgendered, cis-gendered, no-gendered, triple-gendered, Supports DRM, Unrealistically does not support DRM, closed-source, M$, Fandroid, Apple fanboi, Linux insult, nerdy, Lamp,

    Okay, I'm out of steam now. I think that should sufficiently cover whatever it is you do for entertainment and why it's bad and I'm better than you.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 19, 2013 @12:10PM (#44894309)

    When you are young, there is something deliciously bad about running amok through a world with no rules.

    I know, right?

    Just ask Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.

    Seriously? Shut the fuck up. My wife actually knew Dylan and Eric and they were two nerdy kids who would have likely fit in well here. They got tortured by a bunch of douche bag jocks and 'bros' and whenever they tried to report it to school authorities, they did nothing but sweep it under the rug or punish the victims because they didn't want to hurt their football team. Stop believing everything you get spoon fed in the media, use your brain, and ask yourself "What would make two upper middle income, fairly privileged kids do something like this?"

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