The Grand Theft Auto V launch was record-breaking. Literally. We already know that it broke Rockstar's own records by selling more than $800 million in is first day, $1 billion in three days, and a predicted $437 million in post-launch sales. Now, those numbers add up to something even bigger: Recognition by Guinness World Records, for not one, but seven achievements.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records acknowledges the game broke a number of "entertainment product" records, not just those for video games:
GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we're thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books. Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it's taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I'm also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.
Here's the seven records that Rockstar's latest has smashed in less than a month:
Some more impressive numbers: In the UK, Grand Theft Auto V has been on sale for three weeks - and it's already eclipsed GTA IV's lifetime sales, making it officially the 12th biggest selling game of all time. In terms of revenue? It's the 5th biggest money-maker, after four different Call of Duty titles - but the gap's closing fast, as Trevor, Michael and Franklin sneak up and nearly equal the total lifetime revenue of Call of Duty: Black Ops.
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