GTA IV Rewrites Record Books


The biggest All Formats No1 ever ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ from Rockstar/Take 2 puts a stop to Nintendo’s ‘Wii Fit’ workout, replacing it at the top and outselling it by over 9 to 1.

Released across Xbox 360 and PS3, GTA IV almost breaks the 1m unit barrier in under a week, recording an estimated total market figure of 926,000 (£39.9m) over 5 days. 61.2% of the value of all software sold this week was for GTA IV, which itself is bigger than the total software market figure of every other week so far this year (apart from week 1). After releasing an estimated day 1 figure of 609,000 for GTA IV, Chart-Track can now reveal that the final estimated total market figure based on full EpoS data from all retailers came to 631,000 units in the first 24 hours. In under a week GTA IV has sold more units than every other title in 2007, except ‘FIFA 08’, ‘Brain Training’ and ‘Call of Duty 4’. In the face of low stock, sales of ‘Wii Fit’ are down 58%, dropping from No1 to No2, while sales of Sega’s ‘Mario & Sonic’ remain stable, holding at No3. Nintendo does not have ‘Wii Play’ stock issues this week as the remote-bundled title shoots back into the All Formats Top 10, up from No15 to No4. The wheels have come off ‘Mario Kart’ as it drops from No2 to No5 (-61%), ahead of ‘Gran Turismo 5: Prologue’ which falls 2 places to No6 (-2%). Sega are the only company to release an All Formats Top 40 game in GTA IV week with super hero film tie-in ‘Iron Man: The Official Videogame’ new at No11.

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