It’s the era of video games and consoles. Video games are lasting longer than ever before. Well, all thanks to downloadable content and fan mods. However, Grand Theft Auto 5’s tail is long enough to circle the world twice. Data collected and published earlier today by MarketWatch indicates GTA 5 has brought in $6 billion since its launch in 2013—far ahead of any other game, or even any film in history.
Reports state box-office totals for film classics like Star Wars and Gone with the Wind don’t come anywhere near GTA 5’s sales numbers, not even when the movies’ earnings are adjusted for inflation and have video / DVD sales numbers tacked into them.
The total would be approximately $4 billion for each film.
Doug Creutz, an analyst with the financial services firm Cowen Group, had admitted that some of GTA 5’s blockbuster numbers can be attributed to the fact that the game released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
“There’s been some double dipping. There’s never been a console game that’s sold so many units.”
With more than 90 million units shipped, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most successful video games in history from a commercial standpoint. Even other popular game franchises can’t hold a candle to GTA 5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 racked up 26.5 million sales since its 2011 launch.
We don’t know yet if there’s a “secret sauce” flavoring GTA 5’s success, but a combination of factors is most likely what sums up its huge success: GTA 5 powers GTA Online (which is constantly updated with new content), GTA 5 received rave reviews at the time of its release, and like its predecessors, it also received its fair share of controversy thanks to its violent content.
Well, if we are to talk about merchandise sales, the “Star Wars” franchise would obliterate nearly everything. But based purely on ticket or title sales, GTA 5 is the most financially successful media title in history.
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