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November 07, 2004

San Andreas business

Writing about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas from 9276

Seems that GTA:SA did great business; ChartTrack report that it sold 677,000 copies in its opening weekend - more than twice the sales of Vice City, the fastest selling title prior to San Andreas. At about £35 on average per copy, that's £24 million in a weekend. It also seems to have fuelled sales of the new slimline PS2, with many customers buying both the game and the console to play it on.

It's interesting that this doesn't seem to get reported in the media as a remarkable feat; it's Harry Potter or Star Wars sized business, representing a better opening weekend than just about any book or movie. But while record-breakers in every other medium are news-worthy, not so games, it seems. Strange.


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