An enthusiastic technology news article by Reuters reports that “October U.S. Games Sales [are] Up 35 Percent.” Data from the NPD Group points out that San Andreas moved a spectacular 2.1 million units in its first 5 days, generating over $100 million. In comparison to 2002’s game of the year Vice City, San Andreas brought 48% more profit and moved 45% more units.
Citing the same NPD Group source, Gamespot shines a very clear light on the success of San Andreas:
San Andreas keeps industry happy as month’s number one game from Rockstar outsells the rest of the top 10 combined.
– Curt Feldman, GameSpot
We are also told that Take-Two shipped 4.5-5m units worldwide on release date, 3m of which went to the U.S. market. With just 4 days, 2/3 of that was sold.