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Red Dead Redemption 2 record opener $725mn beats Avengers with $85mn

Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption 2 on Friday, Oct. 26. The cowboy redemption was the most video game of the year. It takes place in a huge open-world format, and includes both a dense single-player campaign. An online multiplayer mode coming in November.

Rockstar Games, the studio behind Red Dead Redemption 2, calls the game “the biggest entertainment launch of 2018” — which compares it to other video games, movies, music and books.

That tops the highest-grossing movie in history, “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” which earned more than $640 million during its opening weekend earlier this year.  But “Red Dead Redemption 2” still isn’t the highest grossing entertainment launch of all time. That distinction also goes to Rockstar Games for “Grand Theft Auto V,” which earned over a $1 billion in sell-through in its first three days. Though it launched on a Tuesday.

And in its opening weekend it achieved some major milestones.

Sony Interactive Entertainment also confirmed that the sequel set new records on its PlayStation Network. The highest ever pre-orders, highest day one sales, and the highest sales for the first three days than any other title on Sony’s PlayStation 4 platform.

  • Over $725 million in worldwide sales in the first three days
  • Most preordered full game on the PlayStation Network
  • Highest Sales for the first three days
  • Biggest day one full game sales on the PlayStation Network

That is indeed units sold, not units shipped. Rockstar is no uncertainty going to continue posting refreshes as Red Dead hits new turning points, and a billion dollars is straightaway.

While its session of the year status might be begging to be proven wrong, it appears we have our reasonable statistics to believe.

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