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Who stayed up late Monday to buy Grad Theft Auto V at their local video games retailer? No need to be shy, we know there were a lot of you, and part of the reason why is because Take-Two Interactive Software, makers of the GTA series, have announced that volume five is not only the best-selling entry in the series, but it rung up the highest first day retail sales of any video game in history. Take that Call of Duty: Black Ops II!

So how much is “highest?” Well, $800 million worldwide, excluding Japan and Brazil where it will be released later. To put that in perspective, that’s $300 million more than Black Ops II in its first day of release, or the total box office take of the movies Independence Day or Shrek the Third in the their entire world box office runs. Oh, and for the record, Black Ops II made $1 billion after its first 15 days in release. If GTA5 keeps up the same pace, it should cross the $1 billion mark by the end of the week.

The following was part of statement released by Take-Two:

All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’ Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series. In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment.’ We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch.

What do you Bastards think of the new GTA, worth the wait (and the money)? Sound off below.

Source: Coming Soon

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