The numbers are in and it looks like Red Dead Redemption 2 is an overwhelming success.
The latest release from Rockstar games managed to sell through $725 million in copies in just over three days, making it not just the highest-earning video game opening weekend of all time, but the biggest in all of entertainment.
Well, technically one other game had a higher-grossing launch: Rockstar’s last release, Grand Theft Auto V. The discrepancy between the two is that while RDR2 had the biggest opening weekend ever, GTA V had the biggest overall launch thanks to the fact that it was released on a Tuesday.
This means that Red Dead Redemption 2 now holds the record for the biggest launch of the current console generation, since Grand Theft Auto V was initially released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
It’s unclear how many actual units of RDR2 were sold, as Rockstar has not revealed this figure, but the sell-through figure suggests it exceeds 10 million.
I’m currently still playing through Red Dead Redemption 2 but so far am enjoying it quite a bit. What do you guys think of Rockstar’s $725 million juggernaut? Was it worth the eight year wait? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Business Wire
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The 12 Best-Selling Video Game Franchises Of All Time
The video game industry reached $36 billion in revenue in 2017, up 18% from 2016, thus making gaming even more profitable than the film industry. In other words, video games have hit the mainstream, with 80% of American households owning at least one console and often multiple. Over the past few decades, there have been several gaming franchises that have risen above the rest and find themselves on top of the charts with each release. Here are 12 of the of the best selling video game franchises of all time.
Units Sold: 100 Million
The first Lego game appeared on the Sega Pico way back in 1995 and there have been a total of 67 games produced in the three decades since then. The Lego games today feature some of entertainment’s biggest licensed properties from Star Wars to Harry Potter and represent a large portion of the family-friendly games market. The first licensed Lego game came in the form of 2001’s Lego Creator: Harry Potter, a construction and management simulation game for the Windows PC platform.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment currently holds the publishing rights to the Lego video games and had until recently seen success with the Lego Dimensions, toys-to-life line of games. The best selling Lego game of all time is still Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which released in 2007 across multiple platforms.