Grand Theft Auto V has already set a record for biggest opening in gaming history selling 16 million units in just five days and topping $1.15 billion. Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz has told Computer and Video Games that he expects the game to sell 25 million units in its first year.
"For a game to sell 60 per cent of its first year units in just three days would be abnormally high, said Creutz. "We esteem that Call of Duty sells about 45 to 50 per cent of its first year units in its first week at retail."
"However, for now we are assuming that GTA V sales will be extremely front-loaded due to high gamer anticipation, and will also have a shorter sales tail given the launch of next-gen consoles in November."
Grand Theft Auto V took in $800 million in its first day, selling 11 million units. First week sales nearly tripled that of Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008.