Well, almost. Billboard magazine reports that first-week sales for the latest installment in the “Grand Theft Auto” videogame series has outperformed even the most optimistic of predictions, making more than $500 million in sales the first week. Billboard says that’s 6 million copies, but it’s $60 on Amazon, and that works out to $360 million, but who knows how they count these things. Either way, it’s a new first-week record for a game, smashing the previous high mark set by “Halo 3” of $300 million.
For comparison’s sake, let’s just take a look at some other cultural products and institutions and their associated monetary figures, after the jump:
- Net worth of Martha Stewart, the 377th richest American: $970 million (Forbes.com)
- “Star Wars,” total gross: $460,998,007 (Box Office Mojo)
- GDP of Vanuatu, 2007: $455 million (IMF via Wikipedia)
- McDonalds, weekly profit, worldwide: $437 million (Hoovers)
- Michael Jackson’s Thriller, all-time US sales gross estimate: $270 million (RIAA)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, biggest selling book of 2007, gross US sales in 2007: $270 million (Publisher’s Weekly)
- The Police reunion tour, 2007 total gross: $212 million (Billboard)
- Daughtry’s Daughtry, biggest selling album of 2007, gross sales in 2007: $30 million (Billboard)
Lesson: by talking about music, movies and books here on the Riff, we’re clearly missing the boat. Too bad the last videogame I played was probably “Dig Dug” at the local Pizza Hut in 1984.