Apparently, all the glowing review scores and sales accolades weren’t enough. Grand Theft Auto V has now officially made more money than any movie in history.
Grand Theft Auto V, as you’ll remember, had a huge launch. It had been hyped out the wazzoo for quite some time prior to release, and it was always going to do darn well, but still. That well? The game originally hit on 17 September 2003, making $800 million in its first day on sale. By the end of the third day, it had hit the one billion mark.
Not only was it the fastest-selling video game of all time, but the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time. Period.
Needless to say, when the PS4/Xbox One and PC re-releases arrived (on 18 November 2014 and 14 April 2015 respectively), Grand Theft Auto V fever gripped the entire world again. The launch of its online component may have been a shonky, glitch-ridden festival of pain and salty tears, but it bounced back.
Today, the game has firmly cemented its place in the pantheon of all-time gaming greats. It continues to appear in monthly sales charts, like some overly-clingy ex partner who just cannot and will not let go. Could there possibly be people on this mad planet of ours that don’t own this game yet? Who in heckola is still buying it? These are rhetorical questions, you understand.
What this all boils down to is that fact that executives everywhere are merrily rolling in cash like Scrooge McDuck, and it’s all thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. Earlier this week, Market Watch hit us with yet another, utterly dazzling statistic concerning the game: It has made over six billion dollars.
According to the source, the title has surpassed 90 million units sold, across the various platforms it now calls home. This indeed translates to around $6 billion, making Rockstar’s magnum opus “the most financially successful media title of all time.”
Market Watch offer a comparison with blockbuster movies like Gone With The Wind and Star Wars, both of which (adjusted for inflation) hit numbers of around $3 billion. A truly mindboggling achievement, then, for a franchise that has courted controversy since it started back in 1997.