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Red Dead Redemption 2 makes $725 million in three days

It's the second biggest entertainment launch in history behind GTA V

Red Dead Redemption 2 has generated $725 million in its first three days, says Take-Two.

It is the second biggest opening for a product in entertainment history, only beaten by Rockstar's last major game: Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V achieved over $1 billion in revenue during the same time period.

GTA V was actually released on a Tuesday, so technically Red Dead Redemption 2 has posted the biggest opening weekend for an entertainment property ever.

It's a hugely impressive result for the game, which also won over critics when it arrived last week. The original Red Dead Redemption shifted a (still impressive) 15 million copies during its lifetime, and its sequel is likely to surpass that within days.

The Wild West game also set a string of PlayStation Network records, including highest ever pre-orders, highest day one sales and highest sales for the first three days on the market. Rockstar had teamed up with PlayStation on a co-marketing deal that also included first access to select online content for Red Dead Online, which is due to launch in November.

In the UK, the game sold well in physical form, but not quite well enough to topple FIFA 19 - which is the UK's fastest-selling boxed game this year. Although those figures did not include digital sales.

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Christopher Dring

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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