Grand Theft Auto V smashes world records

GTA V has smashed world records. Pic: Jane Barlow
GTA V has smashed world records. Pic: Jane Barlow
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THE Grand Theft Auto V computer game has smashed six Guinness world records including the biggest opening-day takings of any entertainment product.

The game, made by Edinburgh’s Rockstar North, was released to worldwide acclaim - and huge sales - on September 17.

Guinness World Records have confirmed that the game broke records for “highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours” and “best-selling videogame in 24 hours”.

Guinness say it is also the “fastest entertainment property to gross $1bn” and “fastest videogame to gross $1bn”.

The game chalked up another two records as the “highest grossing videogame in 24 hours” and his the “best-selling action-adventure videogame in 24 hours.”

GTA V has eclipsed rival action video game franchise Call of Duty, selling more copies and making more money than its latest instalment, Black Ops II.

But even more surprising and significant is the fact it made money faster than blockbuster Holywood movies.

It made $1billion (£624.45 million) after going on sale for three days, which beat Avatar and The Avengers’ records of 19 days.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books.

“Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA V has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won!

“I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.”