GTA 5 has sold-in 29 million copies; more Take-Two financial results here

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 20:26 GMT By Phil Owen

Rockstar and Take-Two have announced that Grand Theft Auto V has been unprecedentedly successful, “selling-in” 29 million copies since it launched just six weeks ago. (That’s to stores, not people.) That’s more than GTA IV moved on consoles in five years.

“During the fiscal second quarter, we delivered record Non-GAAP results driven by the unprecedented success of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V,” said CEO Strauss Zelnick. “The title received stellar reviews, shattered entertainment industry records, and has already sold-in nearly 29 million units to date. The extraordinary success of Grand Theft Auto V illustrates the positive momentum in our business and consumers’ enduring appetite for the highest-quality interactive entertainment.”

For the quarter ending September 30, GTA V drove revenue of $1.27 billion for Take-Two, up from $288 million during the same quarter last year.

Because of GTA’s success, which exceeded expectations, Take-Two is expecting the fiscal year’s revenue to be higher than $2.2 billion.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said on the financial results call that he credits the ridiculous success of GTA V to its release so late in the console cycle, saying that the large install bases for the Xbox 360 and PS3 made it possible.

Zelnick wouldn’t say what the difference is between the sell-in and sell-through (to the consumers) numbers for GTA V, but he did say they expect to sell-in many more copies of the game through the current quarter.

Borderlands 2 has shipped about 7.5 million copies in the year since it launched, and the GOTY edition released this quarter helped boost that number. Borderlands 2′s next DLC is called Wattle Gobbler, and is due in November.

BioShock Infinite and Civilization V: Brave New World were the other main items that drove revenue last quarter.

Next Gen

More from Zelnick: “We currently have more than ten unique titles planned for next-generation consoles, including multiple releases slated for fiscal 2015.”

Take-Two has not even discussed any plans for put GTAV or GTA Online onto the next-gen consoles. Or at least that’s what they’re saying on this call.

Zelnick says they don’t see a meaningful difference in the costs of developing titles for next-gen compared with those of current-gen titles.



  1. Badumtsss

    Shipped, not sold.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. polygem

    “it wasn’t me”


    #2 1 year ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Same thing for the publishers as the retailers buy them from the publishers. The publisher only cares about what happens in the game for DLC being bought.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Badumtsss

    It’s still misleading, since it leads people to believe that 29 million copies are actually in the hands of players worldwide.

    “Take-Two has sold 29 million copies” would be better then.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    Bravo, well deserved if we are looking at one portion of the game.


    #5 1 year ago
  6. Legendaryboss

    Looks like current-gen is here to stay with those shipped figures.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    Its going to be fine for at least the next year but afterwards not so much. Large majority of studios are already shifting to next gen and the list of games releasing for current gen over the year is quite less than previous years. I am currently waiting for Murder:Soul Suspect, FF10 remaster, KH 2.5 HD just off the top of my head.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    But with next-gen Take Two have got 10 next-gen titles in the works, i wonder what they could be?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Darkfield

    It feels like I’m the only person who hasn’t bought it in the whole world. *shivers*

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    I would fix that mistake by christmas.

    @8 Extension: So two next gen have been discussed: “These new games include Evolve one of the company’s acquisitions from THQ’s downfall and a project from the new studio headed by Rod Fergusson”

    Two down, eight to go.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. DSB

    Raaaar, and every one of those is a sheep. Sheep I tells ye. Has no sense of quality. Eyes are closed. Brain is dumb. Like people mixed with sheep. Like sheeple. Ooooh, that is a good term, I will use it constantly! Raaaaaar.

    Seriously though, kudos. Shame about the second half of the game though.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Obernox

    Jesus… I still haven’t gotten around to it. Damn backlog needs finishing up.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. noamlol2

    what about digital sales?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Legendaryboss

    What about digital sales? Not included move on.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Cobra951

    @12: Me too. Still haven’t got it. Tiny Tina’s DLC on Borderlands 2 hooked me on that game all over again.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. AmiralPatate

    You’re not alone. PC master race is still waiting. Yup :P

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Hyperx64

    Amazing stuff Rockstar! Goes to show that quality over quantity will always win out.

    My guesses for some of the new games in development at Rockstar are;

    Red Dead Redemption “2″
    L.A. Noire “2″ (one of my most loved games)
    Lemmings (please yes!)

    #17 1 year ago
  18. CaptPierce

    A perfect example that shows you don’t have to annualize a franchise to turn big profits.

    Props to Rockstar for those 5 years it took to create this wonderful game! Worth every penny I spent it on, and then some.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. livewired500

    I might be sell-in, but that is still an impressive number.

    I’m glad there’s all those beta testers out there for when the PC version comes out.

    #19 1 year ago

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