How Many Hookers, Cars, and Rifles Can You Buy with Grand Theft Auto V’s First-Day Sales?

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Sept. 19 2013 12:08 PM

How Many Hookers, Cars, and Rifles Can You Buy with Grand Theft Auto V’s First-Day Sales?

Visitors queue to play the new Rockstar Games videogame 'Grand Theft Auto V', which will be released in Japan next month, at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on September 19, 2013. Gamers were gathering for Asia's largest videogame trade show, an annual extravaganza that this year will give punters their first real taste of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. AFP PHOTO / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Grant Theft Auto V, which hit stores yesterday, raked in $800 million the first 24 hours it was on sale. How much is $800 million, exactly? Here is some perspective.

1.1 million


Number by which copies of Grant Theft Auto V sold in its first 24 hours (13 million) surpassed the number of people who watched the finale of The Sopranos (11.9 million).

$391 million

Amount by which GTAV’s first-day sales outmatched the entire take to date of Iron Man 3, the highest-grossing movie of 2013.


Population of Grenada, whose 2011 GDP was about the same as GTAV’s $800 million in first-day revenues.


Number of times GTAV’s first-day sales multiplied the haul from the largest bank heist on U.S. soil, the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery.


Number of 2012 Ferrari FF series cars, at $295,000 each, one could purchase with GTAV’s first-day sales.


Number of Eurocopter EC 155s, at $10 million each, one could purchase with GTAV’s first-day sales.


Number of AK-47 rifles, at $689 each, one could purchase with GTAV’s first-day sales.


Kilos of cocaine, at about a $66,000 street price, one could purchase with GTAV’s first-day sales.


Factor by which buyers of GTAV outspent buyers of prostitution services, who spend an estimated $40 million per day.



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