Grand Theft Auto V Rakes in $800 million (in 24 hours)

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 18 2013 7:09 PM

Grand Theft Auto V Rakes in $800 million (in 24 hours)

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Taylor Pelling of Sutton poses with his copy of the console game Grand Theft Auto 5 at the midnight opening of the HMV music store in central London on September 17, 2013.

Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Whether you like to play video games, or prefer board games, the first day sales of Grand Theft Auto V are pretty astonishing. The latest installment in the franchise was released worldwide on Tuesday, raking in $800 million. In 24 hours.

The game is expected to blow past the $1 billion threshold, making its sales figures the envy of other like-minded industries, namely Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times points out that $1 billion milestone would match the game up with Hollywood's top box office performers–for the year.

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Rockstar Games reportedly spent $115 million developing Grand Theft Auto V and $150 million on marketing, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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