The Entertainment Retailer’s Association reveals that the Grand Theft Auto franchise sold over 3.7 million copies in the UK alone last year. That figure is large enough to beat all of the films and albums released in the same year in terms of sales.
Grand Theft Auto V in fact left behind the latest James Bond film Skyfall in its wake, as well as best-selling albums like ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilation. Within 24 hours of its release, GTA V had raked in more than £500 million worldwide and then proceeded to cross the £1 billion mark after three days.
Rockstar’s title even went on to smash a total of seven Guinness World Records, including the best-selling video game within 24 hours and the “fastest entertainment property” to generate $1 billion record.
Of the top 20 best-selling entertainment titles in 2013, 13 positions were taken by films, five were video games and just two were albums – both of which were compilation albums. Kim Bayley, the director general of the Entertainment Retailer’s Association stated that video games continued to deliver “strong” sales growth, but that sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 consoles came too late in the year to make much of a difference in 2013 and that limited supplies also sold out quickly.
It’s pleasing to know that video games now account for 41.4 percent of total entertainment sales, an increment when compared with its predecessor year.