Grand Theft Auto V has already helped Take-Two secure a lofty position as the top publisher in the U.S. last year by the NPD Group's reckoning, so it won't come as a surprise that Take-Two was able to report record sales and earnings for its third quarter on account of that one title alone.
The publisher confirmed that 32.5 million copies of GTA V have shipped to retailers since launch, and that's before counting how it scored $1 billion USD in sales after just three days on the market. Take-Two also counted NBA 2K14 and WWE 2K14 amongst its strongest titles.
Buoyed by GTA V's continued performance, revenue for the three month period ended December 31st rang in at $1.86 billion USD, a mammoth increase from the $415.8 million USD that Take-Two posted a year earlier. Quarterly profit similarly leapt from $70.9 million to $578.4 million USD.
Despite the good news, Take-Two is bracing itself for a considerably weaker fourth quarter on account of a lack of new blockbuster titles aside from re-releases; the publisher forecasts Q4 revenue will likely fall somewhere between $170-200 million, below analysts' estimates.