Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/19/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Interactive video game involving gangsters and murder earns more than entire gross of 'Man of Steel'

Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto V," the latest version of the sex-and-violence drenched interactive video game earned $800 million in sales in 24 hours around the world. It's a new world record for any video game from Take-Two Interactive and the "GTA" franchise. So successful have been sales, it has easily trumped the worldwide gross for the superhero film "Man of Steel."

The latest sales figures far exceeded analysts' expectations, with hundreds of people waiting in lines in cities around the country to get their hands on the first copies of the new game this week.

The latest sales figures far exceeded analysts' expectations, with hundreds of people waiting in lines in cities around the country to get their hands on the first copies of the new game this week.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/19/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Grand Theft Auto V, Interactive, video games, sales


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - "Grand Theft Auto V"  revolves around three criminals as they pull off heists in a fictional version of Los Angeles, known as Los Santos. Users have the options to veer off and explore the city, stealing cars and causing general virtual mayhem.

"Grand Theft Auto V's" success is adding to the excitement for other major video game releases debuting this fall. Other major game releases to be released before the end of this year include "Call of Duty," "Assassin's Creed," "Battlefield" as well as "Batman: Arkham Origins" along with newcomer "Watch Dogs."

When stacked up against blockbuster film releases, "Grand Theft Auto V's" take is especially impressive. The top three box office champions this year are Disney's "Iron Man 3," which generated $1.2 billion; Universal's "Despicable Me 2," at $840 million and Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel," at $663 million.

"Grand Theft Auto V" boasted a hefty budget, with Rockstar spending around $115 million to make the game and Take-Two another $150 million to market it throughout the year.

In estimating the overall haul of the recent installment , it must be noted that games are more expensive than movie tickets. "GTAV" is priced at $59.99 for the standard edition, $79.99 for a Special Edition and $150 for an exclusive GameStop edition.

"We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games' creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a statement of the game which has generated high scores from game critics, generating 98 on Metacritic.

Among other video game sales triumphs, Activision's bestselling "Call of Duty" franchise earned $500 million in a single day when "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" was released in the U.S. last year.
"Grand Theft Auto V" success comes as no surprise. Several analysts predicted the game would make $1 billion in its first month of release, and move 20 million copies by Take-Two's fiscal year, which ends March 2014. The first "Grand Theft Auto IV" shipped nearly 25 million units after its release in 2008.

The latest sales figures far exceeded analysts' expectations, with hundreds of people waiting in lines in cities around the country to get their hands on the first copies of the new game this week.
"We see potential for worldwide day-one sell-through of 6.5 million units [and] $400 million for GTA V," analysts Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser of Sterne Agee say.


Click here to learn about our Saint Michael the Archangel conference this Nov 1-3!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Technology

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH? Next step in human evolution could lead to eternal youth Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Humanity's life expectancy has grown over the years, thanks to medical advances. However, this does not necessarily translate into quality of life. Living longer sometimes means living in increasingly reduced circumstances due to infirmity and old age. ... continue reading


NASA's top scientist believes signs of alien life will be discovered 'within a decade' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said. The proclamation was made during a panel discussion that ... continue reading


From battle weapons to photographers, drones now cleverly used as advertisement model Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Over the past few years, drones have become efficient in making deliveries, serving as waiters and even doing photography on sporting events. Now, drones are starting to fly with advertisements. According Eugene Stark, founder of the company Hoovy, drones have ... continue reading


Removing human error: Planes without pilots new, viable option Watch

Image of Some advocates for air safety say that current advances in sensor technology, computing and artificial intelligence are making human pilots less necessary than ever in the cockpit.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Following the Germanwings tragedy, when a distraught copilot slammed a plane into the French Alps in a suicide that cost the lives of 150 other people on board, many are questioning the validity of pilots on planes. Some argue that human pilots are in fact ... continue reading


Is Facebook changing? Facebook plans to conquer the virtual world this year Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Facebook's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer promised that the Virtual Reality (VR) program will come into life within the year. The Oculus headset, which was on their top secret list before, was announced to be available soon, but the exact release date is not ... continue reading


Smartphones and Internet may be putting your child's mental health in jeopardy Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil

The number of young people being admitted for mental treatments since 2010 has rapidly increased. Julie Lynn Evans, a psychotherapist for over 25 years now, is grateful for the additional funding being sent into mental health services, but she believes the dilemma ... continue reading


Stealth fighter jets in U.S. set to get massive upgrades Watch

Image of Pentagon officials have stressed the importance of developing the new long-range strike bomber calling it critical to national security and nuclear deterrence.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mainstay of United States military defense, stealth bombers have been around since the Seventies. The Air Force's aging fleet is now ready for an expensive makeover. The Pentagon intends to develop a high-priority, super-classified, next-generation bomber. ... continue reading


Will you say 'hello' to Barbie? Mattel's new Barbie doll is 'creeping out' parents, raising concerns of privacy Watch

Image of Hello Barbie will allow its owner to carry on a conversation through recorded audio and WiFi.

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Classic toy doll, Barbie, has been reinvented after the makers, Mattel received numerous requests for a Barbie doll that kids can talk to, according to a spokesperson of the toy company. Mattel's response is WiFi connected "Hello Barbie" that comes with an installed ... continue reading


Scientists find way to eliminate inherited diseases with genetically modified human eggs Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New gene-editing techniques are being improved and could soon eliminate inherited diseases from future generations by modifying the DNA of human egg cells. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Although the idea of editing chromosomes in human eggs or sperm is feared, ... continue reading


Hidden spy cameras discovered at United States post office, installation confirmed by USPIS Watch

Image of freerepublic.com

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A hidden camera disappeared just after an hour of being discovered at a Denver local post office, Fox31 Denver reported. People became alarmed that they are being watched as they drop-off their mails with the possibility of the camera collecting their facial features ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 4:8-12
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 21, 29
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, for ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:11-18
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays ... Read More

Reading 2, First John 3:1-2
1 You must see what great love the Father has ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 26th, 2015 Image

St. Cletus
April 26: St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter