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Red Dead Redemption 2 makes $725 million in 3 days

Rockstar's Western is a monumental sales colossus that broke a lot of records

By Derek Strickland on Oct 31, 2018 06:42 pm CDT - 2 mins, 25 secs reading time

Rockstar now holds two records for gaming's biggest openers, and Red Dead Redemption 2's launch sales are second only to GTA V.

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Despite being a Western game with tons of punishing and meticulous mechanics, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a monumental win for Take-Two Interactive. The game has broken all sorts of records in its first three days, and raked in a huge $725 million in its opening weekend. And that's just from retail copies, not digital. For comparison's sake, GTA V made over $1 billion in three days, and one-day sales is crowned by Black Ops 2 which made $500 million in a single day.

"Rockstar Games is proud to announce that the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 has achieved the single-biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment," Take-Two wrote in a recent press release.

"With over $725 million in worldwide retail sell-through during its first three days, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the second-highest grossing entertainment launch of all time next to Rockstar Games' previously released title, Grand Theft Auto V, which achieved over $1 billion in retail sell-through in three days."

The game was also a huge inadvertent win for Sony, too: RDR2 is the most pre-ordered game in PlayStation Network history, and had the most day-one and three-day game sales on the PS Store. Remember every game sold on the PlayStation Store nets Sony a cut of revenues.

Since it will follow GTA Online's successful online-based engagement strategy, Red Dead Redemption 2 is poised to consistently make millions over time. Red Dead Online will bring new modes and hybridized co-op and PVP content to the 1899 Western frontier, and offer opportunities for gamers to spend money on digital currency for long-term earnings.

Take-Two Interactive will undoubtedly reveal more figures--including digital sales--during its Fiscal Q2'19 earnings call on November 7.

Check below for more of Red Dead Redemption 2's milestones:

Red Dead Redemption 2's list of initial benchmarks include:

  • Biggest opening weekend in retail sell-through across all entertainment releases;
  • Second biggest launch (three days) in retail sell-through across all entertainment releases;
  • Biggest entertainment launch of 2018;
  • Most pre-ordered full game ever on PlayStation Network;
  • Biggest day one full game sales ever on PlayStation Network;
  • Biggest first three days full game sales ever on PlayStation Network.

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

NEWS SOURCE:businesswire.com

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