Call of Duty may still be the top game franchise, but at least in the UK, Grand Theft Auto V has become the king of game launches. Over a single day, Rockstar's open-world adventure racked up more than 1.57 million units in sales in the country, beating former record-holder Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Definitely an impressive number, considering Grand Theft Auto V has the disadvantage of being on only two platforms (both consoles), while Black Ops was released to Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, and DS back in 2010. When Treyarch's successful shooter launched, it generated a good £58 million in the UK across 1.41 million copies. By comparison, Grand Theft Auto V has brought in £65 million.
At least on analyst, Colin Sebastian of RW Baird, anticipates GTA V will bring in $1 billion within the first month of its availability. Publisher Take-Two has yet to release solid totals from worldwide sales, but global launch day sales have already brought in over $800 million USD. Just take a moment to collect your jaw.
For the record Grand Theft Auto V's production budget was estimated at $260 million. Back in 2008, predecessor Grand Theft Auto IV turned heads with its then-unheard of $100 million budget.