GTA V notches up grand sales

Grand Theft Auto V is this week’s UK number one, of course. Only a buffoon would have thought otherwise.

The story lies in just how well it has done. 1.57m copies were shifted on launch day alone, netting revenue of £65m. That means sales were 2.4 times greater than that of GTA IV, leading it to already become the UK’s 24th best selling game of all time.

Rockstar’s crime caper also accounted for 89% of all games sold in the UK last week.

Slightly less eyebrow raising, sales were split 57 per cent on Xbox 360 and 43 per cent on PlayStation 3.

We’ve got a new entry at #2 in the chart as well – Konami’s PES 2014. Launching the same week as GTA probably wasn’t the best idea, but they had to get it out of the door before FIFA 14 arrives this Friday.

The Last of Us, Saints Row IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist finish off the UK top 5.

The Last of Us was at #27 last week – the fact that it has risen back up to #3 can be linked to hardware bundles. People buying a PS3 to play GTA V, basically.

Then at #22 it’s another new arrival – Harvest Moon: A New Beginning on 3DS.

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