Top 10 in Sales - Grand Theft Auto

by William D'Angelo, posted on 20 May 2013 / 6,338 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Grand Theft Auto games. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling games in April 2013 and the week before that the top 10 selling Tomb Raider games.

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Grand Theft Auto games, two of the games were released in the 1990’s and eight of the games were released in the 2000’s. Grand Theft Auto V which is set to be released later this year will be the first in the franchise to be released in the 2010’s.

The two games released in 1990’s, Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto II, sold a combined 5.98 million units or 5.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. It wasn’t until the release of Grand Theft Auto III on the PlayStation 2 in October 2001 that it became one of the top selling franchises in the industry. The majority of the games sales have occurred since them. In the top 10 alone, 94.6 percent of the sales occurred since the release of Grand Theft Auto III.

The top 10 bestselling Grand Theft Auto games sold a combined 110.82 million units. The top three titles sold more than 20 million units and the top five titles sold more than 10 million units. The top six titles sold more than five million units, the top eight titles sold more than three million units and all the games in the top 10 broke the two million mark.

Take-Two has published all the games in franchise, while Rockstar has been the main developer for the franchise.

The top 10 bestselling Grand Theft Auto games as a graph really shows how the franchise has only gotten more popular with each main release, other than Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto 2 outsold the original by 25 percent, while Grand Theft Auto III outsold the first two titles in the franchise combined and multiplied by three. Vice City outsold Grand Theft Auto III by 3.06 million units or 15 percent, while San Andreas out sold Vice City by 3.23 million units or 14 percent. 

The majority of the sales for Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas came from the PlayStation 2. However, Grand Theft Auto IV sales were pretty even between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 version sold 10.25 million units, while the PlayStation 3 version sold 9.71 million units. It is also the second bestselling Grand Theft Auto game of all time with combined sales of 20.69 million units. It only recently passed Vice City.

Of the top 10 titles, all 10 were released on a Sony platform, whether it is the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, or PSP. Five of the games were released on a Microsoft platform, whether it is the original Xbox or Xbox 360. Only two of the titles were released on a Nintendo platform, the Gameboy Advance and DS.

Note: The Rockstar Games Double Pack bundles counted towards both games. For example the Xbox double pack for Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City sold 2.49 million units, therefore 2.49 million units were added to each games total above.

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vodkasosa1000 (on 21 May 2013)

sales of GTA SA and IV are undertracked. GTA SA sold 27.5 million copies untill 2011 and GTA IV sold 25 million copies.

Devil_Survivor (on 21 May 2013)

Where your proof of that? I'm getting sick seeing everyone claim things are undertracked, every think maybe its not?

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vodkasosa1000 (on 30 June 2013)

rockstar said on kotaku that GTA SA sold over 27.5 million copies untill 2011 and they said GTA IV sold 25 million copies on the gameinformers article about GTA V. Besides the whole series sold over 125 million copies, not 110.82 million.

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C-M-D (on 20 May 2013)

Hmmm, wasn't Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2 also released on the PC alongside the PlayStation versions? And I think was also a version of GTA 2 released on the dreamcast.

Dechizen (on 20 May 2013)

gta 4 was very disappointing

dsage01 (on 20 May 2013)

GTA IV still undertracked...