Grand Theft Auto 5's numbers continue to impress. While we already knew Rockstar Games' open-world action-adventure was the best-selling game of 2013, parent company Take-Two Interactive today revealed that it has shipped 32.5 million units to retailers worldwide.
Remember, this isn't necessarily reflective of how many copies have been sold to consumers, but you can bet based that's a large number as well. Released in September 2013, GTA 5 enjoyed the fastest-selling entertainment release in history, grossing over $800 million in retail sales during the first 24 hours after launch and over $1 billion in only three days.
“Take-Two’s business continued to outperform expectations significantly during the fiscal third quarter,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Our results were driven by robust holiday demand for Grand Theft Auto V, the franchise record-breaking launch of NBA 2K14, the successful release of WWE 2K14, and strong growth in digitally-delivered revenues led by Grand Theft Auto Online. Take-Two was the top video game publisher of 2013, according to the NPD Group, underscoring our positive momentum over the past year."
Needless to say, Rockstar and Take-Two are doing pretty well for themselves. For the fiscal third quarter 2014, ended December 31, 2013, Take-Two Interactive reported "strong financial results." GAAP net income for the quarter was $578.4 million, up from the $70.9 million for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net income increased to $210.7 million as compared to the $78.8 million for the year-ago period. As a result of the strong quarter, Take-Two has increased its financial outlook for the fiscal year 2014, ending March 31, 2014.
We'll be sure to let you know if we hear anything regarding a possible PC version of GTA 5 during the earnings report webcast.