Like the game's star criminals, GTA V refuses to slow down.
In their second quarter earnings report on Tuesday, Take-Two Interactive revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has shipped a whopping 29 million units worldwide in the six weeks since its September 17 release. That beats the lifetime shipment numbers of Grand Theft Auto IV, which was released back in 2008.
“The title received stellar reviews, shattered entertainment industry records, and has already sold-in nearly 29 million units to date,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “The extraordinary success of Grand Theft Auto V illustrates the positive momentum in our business and consumers’ enduring appetite for the highest-quality interactive entertainment.”
GTA V's sell-in numbers pushed Take-Two non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) figure to $1.27 billion for the quarter, a 340 percent year-over-year increase. Due to the late arrival of the downloadable expansion GTA Online, sell-in numbers for GTA V were not included in GAAP reporting for the quarter. The numbers have pushed Take-Two’s projections for the fiscal year up from $2.2 billion to $2.3 billion.
GTA V has already smashed a handful of video game industry sales numbers. It earned $800 million on Day One and reached $1 billion in three days, though it’s certainly eying a few more billion before all is said and done.
Take-Two also gave props to Borderlands 2, which it says has sold through over 7.5 million copies. NBA 2K13, Civilization V and Red Dead Redemption – along with downloadable content associated with those games – also contributing to the overall net revenue.
- Grand Theft Auto IV