GTA 5: How ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ Broke 7 Guinness World Records

 @KukilBora
on October 10 2013 4:40 AM

After its massive success over the past few weeks, Rockstar Games’ latest title, “Grand Theft Auto 5,” or GTA 5 as it is popularly known, has achieved yet another landmark by breaking as many as seven world records, according to Guinness World Records.

The franchise, on Tuesday, announced that the GTA 5 has broken six new world records including one for the highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours and another for the fastest entertainment property to ever gross $1 billion.

“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,” Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, said in a statement.

Rockstar Games announced last month that GTA 5 sold 11.2 million units in the first 24 hours since its launch, earning $815.7 million in revenues. The game’s sales reached the $1 billion mark on Sept. 20, three days after its release.

Launched on Sept. 17 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, the fifteenth title in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA 5, was the first major release for Rockstar since Grand Theft Auto 4 came out in 2008.

The critically acclaimed open world action-adventure video game also broke other records, which were previously held by the Call of Duty video game series and blockbuster movies including The Avengers and Avatar.

“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,” Glenday said.

Here is a full list of the GTA 5's record-breaking achievements:

1.    Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours

2.    Best-selling video game in 24 hours

3.    Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion

4.    Fastest video game to gross $1 billion

5.    Highest-grossing video game in 24 hours

6.    Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours

7.    Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game

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