FIFA 13, Black Ops 2 and Skyrim were extraordinary successes in the UK, but on Amazon, Grand Theft Auto 5 has beaten them all - and after only one month on sale.
Amazon placed GTA5 fourth in its all-time video games sales chart:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- FIFA 10
- FIFA 13
- FIFA 12
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- Zumba Fitness (Wii exclusive - not bad!)
Specific sales aren't shared and retailers typically keep them a secret for competitive reasons. But Amazon's status as one of the biggest online shops around is a good indication of the kind of monstrous success GTA5 is enjoying.
We know GTA5 shifted a record 1.57 million units in one day across the UK, and became the UK's 12th best-selling and fifth highest-money-making game after only three weeks.
Where sales stand now is unclear, but the total is probably upwards of 2.6 million copies because that's what FIFA 13 and Black Ops 2 - two games GTA5 has surpassed on Amazon - managed to shift by the end of 2012, according to official chart figures.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision Blizzard) - 2,672,364
- FIFA 13 (EA) - 2,601,877
How GTA5 is performing on a global scale is presumably something Take-Two and Rockstar are planning to wow us with. We know Grand Theft Auto 4 has shipped, not sold, 22 million copies around the world, and if GTA5 outselling GTA4 in three weeks in the UK is indicative of what's happening in the rest of the world, then GTA5 could already be closing in on that number. Good grief.
We also know that GTA5 smashed the elusive $1 billion revenue barrier in only three days - a feat that took the fastest grossing COD game, Modern Warfare 3, just over a fortnight to achieve.
I should think that more than justifies another lavish $10 million-plus apartment for Rockstar's boss Dan Houser.
Incidentally and on the topic of GTA5, here's a video of Trevor actor Steven Ogg telling a fan to f*** off (via Kotaku) because he quite literally asked for it.