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First-day sales for GTA 5 clear $800 million

GTA 5 sold more than $800 million worth of copies in its first day on store shelves. Those are the highest first-day retail figures in Take-Two history, the publisher announced today, and that doesn't even count digital sales on PSN and Xbox Live.

In comparison, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold $500 million worth of copies in its first 24 hours, and it took 15 days for it to reach $1 billion. With launch in Japan and Brazil forthcoming, and further sales from folks who prefer not to deal with release-day madness, GTA 5 should sail past $1 billion in days rather than weeks.

“All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a press release. "Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry's new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence."

Connor has been doing news and feature things for GamesRadar+ since 2012, which is suddenly a long time ago. How on earth did that happen?