September 24, 2013 by Paul Curtin
A week after its launch, it’s now safe to say that Grand Theft Auto V has lived up to the hype. The game series is a cultural phenomenon, and people just can’t get enough of running over hookers in stolen cars while trying to avoid getting wasted by the cops… well, that, and all that other good stuff that you can find in Los Santos.
Selling 11 million copies in its first day to generate $800 million and reaching the $1 billion mark in just three days, Rockstar’s latest has managed to easily dethrone sales juggernaut Call of Duty by selling 16 million copies in its first week. GTAV has knocked Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 down to the #2 spot with 13.5 million in week one sales, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops II (11.5 million), Call of Duty: Black Ops (10.6 million), and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (8 million).
To put this into perspective, Grand Theft Auto IV only sold 5.7 million copies in its first week back in April 2008. So clearly the past five years of development have paid off for the team at Rockstar North, and fans have been dying for more GTA.
Even better news for Rockstar is that with GTAV only being available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 right now, they could easily start printing more money if they do in fact end up deciding on releasing the highly demanded PC version of the game.