Grand Theft Auto 5: 11 Million-Plus Copies Sold In 24 Hours

$800 million in one day, $1 billion in three, and now we find out that Grand Theft Auto 5 shattered seven world records while raking in the dough.

The meticulous folks at the Guinness Book of World Records have confirmed some day-one sales numbers for GTA 5. In its first 24 hours on sale, Rockstar’s latest hit 11.21 million copies sold. Black Ops II, which saw day-one sales of 7.5 million units, has been bumped to the number two spot.

Guinness also confirmed that GTA 5 now holds seven world records, all of which are detailed below.

  • Best-selling action-adventure videogame in 24 hours
  • Best-selling videogame in 24 hours
  • Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
  • Fastest videogame to gross $1 billion
  • Highest grossing videogame in 24 hours
  • Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  • Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure videogame

The only game left in 2013 that might come close to the numbers put up by Grand Theft Auto 5 is Call of Duty: Ghosts. The COD franchise is no slouch when it comes to putting up big numbers. The previous billion-dollar record was held by Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which hit the mark in 15 days in 2012.

Be sure to check out our Grand Theft Auto 5 review, and keep an eye on our GTA Online coverage as well.

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3 Comments on Grand Theft Auto 5: 11 Million-Plus Copies Sold In 24 Hours


On October 9, 2013 at 1:55 am

Imagine how many more there’d have been if it was on PC as well. Surely at least another couple of million (plus god knows how many pirated downloads). But yeah, 11m in one day, not to be sniffed at.


On October 9, 2013 at 5:40 am

True, I can imagine COD Ghosts selling more but only down to the fact they are bringing it out on more systems such as PC, Wii U, PS3, PS4, 360 & Xbox One with several editions also at higher prices for a franchise that has always been overpriced and overhyped its blatantly obvious they’ll make more money no one will ever find out how many they will sell in comparison to GTA V because some people will buy it on next gen platform (+£15-£20 on top of 360/PS3 for Next Gen (roughly £50+) added with current consoles… You just can’t compare COD Ghosts to something like GTA unless Rockstar did bring out all of the console and pc ports out on same day as release.

But yea for old gen games like GTA V that is amazing sales it made and if by the skin of its teeth did match up to what COD-G makes then its obvious that it has beaten in comparison to its consoles. Fk knows how many more sales GTA V will make when it hits PC and if it hits next gen consoles :P


On October 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

This is to every commenter that brings up GTA V on PC:

We get it.
It’s not on PC.
Please STAHP!!

Even if they did release the game on PC it isn’t going to provide any juggernaut sales. Almost every single game that’s had cross platform release that includes PC has seen the PC version sell maybe, MAYBE, ten percent of what the consoles sell.

PC gaming is comparitively expensive when it comes to building a decent rig to a console and the complexity of PC gaming makes it a niche in games-culture.

You folks have to accept that consoles will always be the winner in the console war and just stop being so angsty about having a game that is console exlcusive when the “superior PC Elites” have hundreds of exclusives that will never see the light of day on consoles.

If you want to play GTA V so badly and you don’t have the patience to shut up and wait for the 2014-ish PC release just drop the damn $200 bucks and buy a console [just means you have to hold off on updating your video card for a little while longer].