Grand Theft Auto V has been named the most successful entertainment title ever.
According to a report from MarketWatch, the video game has sold a massive 90 million copies across all platforms since its release in 2013. It’s estimated that the game has made around $6 billion from a budget of just $265 million.
In comparison, both the original Star Wars film and Gone With The Wind are thought to have made around £3 billion each, adjusted for inflation, while the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar, took in £2.7 billion upon its release in 2009.
“Video games are a much better business than [movie] studios,” said KeyBanc analyst Evan Wingren of the news. “Games in general have the enviable position that their content is interactive, which allows them to make data-driven insights and adjust games and business models that benefits players and the company.”
It’s also noted that the Mario series has sold more copies across its franchise than the GTA games, but no one Mario game has come close to selling as much as GTA V.
Across the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA 4 has sold 25 million copies to date, GTA: San Andreas 27.5 million, GTA: Vice City 20 million and GTA III has sold 17.5 million since 2001.
In February, President Trump appeared to blame gun violence in the US on exposure to violent video games and movies, saying that “maybe we need to put a ratings system for that”. Many pointed out that the US does actually have rating systems for both movies and video games.