One day after the latest installment in the Call Of Duty franchise was released, Activision Blizzard announced today that the first-person shooter video game has surpassed $1 billion in global sell-in sales. Impressive as that may sound, it’s not a record yet, and it hasn’t taken out Grand Theft Auto V either. Unlike last year’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, which sold $500M on its first day last November, the $1 billion represents the copies shipped to retailers not actual point-of-purchase sales — Activision Blizzard hasn’t released that figure yet. Previously the fastest-selling video game ever, Back Ops II was thrashed by Grand Theft Auto V when the Take Two Interactive game hit $800 million in sales in one day after its September 17 release. Leaping ahead of the box office of Hollywood blockbusters Man Of Steel and Despicable Me 2, GTA V topped $1 billion in a record making three days whereas it took Black Ops II just over two weeks to get to that number back in fall 2012. The 10thgame in the franchise, the dystopian story of Call Of Duty: Ghosts was put together in part by Oscar-wining scribe Stephen Gaghan, who worked on the multi-level story. Unlike GTA V, which was initially available on just PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Ghosts debuted on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U and Windows PC. The game is also set to …
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UPDATE, 12:01 PM: Call Of Duty might want to go back to basic training. Grand Theft Auto V has now made more than $1 billion in worldwide retail sales in just three days. That’s a target that previous record holder Call Of Duty: Black Ops II took 15 days to hit after its November 2012 release. Already shattering the previous first day sales record and beating Man Of Steel with its $800 million opening, the latest installment in Rockstar Game’s GTA franchise has now surpassed No. 2 movie of the year so far Despicable Me 2‘s $840 million global box office. The game is now creeping up on 2013′s top movie Iron Man 3′s $1.2 billion worldwide take.
PREVIOUSLY, WEDNESDAY PM: Looks like the fictional LA of Los Santos left Call Of Duty and Superman in the dust. First-day sales of Grand Theft Auto V pulled in a record $800 million worldwide, according to publisher Take-Two Interactive. Released Tuesday, the latest version of the ultra-violent franchise soundly beat previous first-day record holder Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, which sold $500M on its first day last November.
Some analysts say it might based on the over-the-top reviews the long-awaited video game is receiving today in the first few hours following the expiration of the company’s embargo for critics. The first new Grand Theft Auto (GTA) since April 2008 officially goes on sale at midnight, and 37 critics so far have given the Xbox 360 version an average score of 98 on Metacritic. If that holds, then it would be the best-reviewed Xbox 360 game ever, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter notes. He expects 14M copies of the game to be sold by the end of this month — which would translate into sales of as much as $900M — and possibly 24M units over the life of the game. GameStop plans several midnight openings to accommodate the GTA fans. That could mean worldwide sales of 6.5M units, or at least $400M, on Day One says Sterne Agee’s Arvind Bhatia. (Last year Call Of Duty: Black Ops II sold $500M on its first day.) If the analysts are right, then it could be a big deal for Take-Two Interactive, the parent of GTA developer Rockstar Games. Its stock price has appreciated about 60% over the last 12 months, and GTA V will be its biggest game launch. Bulls say that there’s a lot of pent-up demand for the title, which was originally supposed to be released earlier this year. In addition, there are about …
The three near-caricature “would-be heroes” of Grand Theft Auto V were unleashed in April, but the trailer released today breaks new ground. For the first time in the billion-dollar franchise’s history, this one has actual prerelease gameplay footage. Think the hardcore are ready for Rockstar Games‘ surefire-smash sequel, which streets September 17 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3? The fourth installment ripped off 3.6M units on Day 1 in 2008 and has moved 25M-plus copies so far. Check out the nearly five-minute NSFW trailer, in which the narrator refers to the game as a “sprawling, satirical reimagining of modern Southern California”:
Gamers are going nuts over Rockstar‘s new video game sequel promo. It teases Grand Theft Auto V‘s three uberviolent protagonists — a Tony Soprano-esque ex-con, a Wire-style gangbanger, and a drug-addled hillbilly psychotic. (Hollywood never makes trailers this ballsy.) 2008′s GTA IV broke records moving 3.6 million units in its first day and has sold over 25 million copies to date. The studios have even cleared out of GTA V‘s way – they’ve set zero pics aimed at young males for two weeks after its September 17 release, when that demo will be at home glued to their consoles. Check out the trailer: