"Grand Theft Auto 5" has exceeded sales expectations of some analysts ... and then some.
Internal Take-Two estimates indicate that "GTA 5" has earned $800 million on day one alone VG247 reports. That trumps the expectations of two analysts we cited when we reported that "GTA 5" was expected to make $400 million on day one.
Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser of Sterne Agee had this to say regarding "GTA 5" and its day one sales potential:
"We see potential for worldwide day-one sell-through of 6.5 million units [and] $400 million for GTA V."
Colin Sebastian of Robert W. Baird stated "GTA 5" could earn as much as $1 billion in sales in the game's first month after its initial release.
"Given the significantly higher installed base of relevant console platforms at launch, greater sales concentration among the top video game franchises, and unprecedented pentup demand, we expect GTA 5 to outpace GTA 4 sales, and generate roughly $1 billion in retail sales during the first month."
If analysts predicted that "GTA 5" would earn $400 million on day one and $1 billion in the first month, it's now clear, assuming Take-Two's internal estimates are correct, that "GTA 5" will absolutely shatter both of those figures. That doesn't even account for future releases on upcoming next-generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which are slated to hit the market on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22, respectively. Then there's the chance of a PC release for "GTA 5" which has been hinted at for some time now.
Even though no evidence suggests an Xbox One "GTA 5" release, it makes too much sense not to release the smash hit for all three of the above-named platforms, which would only drive sales figures up even higher.
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