The great “Iron Man” vs. “Grand Theft Auto IV” battle that was predicted turned out to be a win-win.
Going into last weekend, some media watchers predicted that expected record sales of the video game would get the Marvel superhero movie off to a less than super start.
Didn’t happen: “Iron Man” made close to $100 million in the U.S. alone, the second biggest debut for a nonsequel movie, after another Marvel hero, “Spider-Man.”
As it turns out, “GTA IV” also hit the jackpot, pulling in more than $500 million in its first week on sale, according to an Associated Press story. The game went on sale April 29.
The game’s publisher, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., reported on Wednesday that more than 6 million units worldwide were sold in the first week, according to the AP story.
About 3.6 million units moved on April 29, which amounts to about $310 million. That’s $10 million more than what the blockbuster ”Halo 3″ took in during its first week when it debuted last fall.
“GTA IV” also boosted sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the two consoles you can play it on, according to the AP.
I’ve never played any of the “Grand Theft Auto” titles. I’m a “Halo 3″ girl myself, preferring to spend my playtime as a genetically enhanced hero who kills evil aliens, rather than as an alcoholic thug causing havoc in a thinly veiled replica of New York City. But that’s just me.
All the controversy about the game’s violent and inappropriate content aside, our own Matt Price of Nerdage reviewed “GTA IV” on its gameplay merits. Check out his review by clicking here.