This video game made more money than any Bollywood movie ever


  • Grand Theft Auto V has sold 90 million units collecting $6 billion.
  • The game is available across five different platforms - PS2, PS3, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360.
  • It has also earned more revenue than iconic Bollywood movies like DDLJ.
  • There are more versions of the game than of the Fast and Furious movie.
What could be more grand for Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) than beating out all of Bollywood with their sales? The game has everything from torture to plane hopping stunts and cheekily offensive terms to the R-rated action.

Having been in the market since 2013, Rockstar Games has sold around 90 million copies of the game worldwide according to Marketwatch. Since the game pans across all the platforms, the sales account for all the versions including PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Not only has GTA V seen massive sales, but it has amassed approximately $6 billion in revenue. The number is impressive enough on it’s own but when you compare it to the revenue generated by our cinematic universe, it really puts things in perspective.

GTA V came out in 2013, when Bollywood was releasing movies like Chennai Express, Race 2, and Kai Po Che. These were the highest grossing movies that year but even then, Chennai Express, which was ahead of the rest, only managed to generate $67 million in revenue. Even Rohit Shetty’s stunts could not match up to being able fly one plane into another.

It’s invariable in the long run as well if you analyse the highest grossing movies in Bollywood overall. Including titles like Dangal, Secret Superstar, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and PK, the most they’ve been able to earn is $291 million. Aamir Khan can have all the screen presence in the world but, GTA V’s story pulls you into its darkly comic world.

And here’s some more perspective, even evergreen content like Dilwaale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun have fallen short at around $52 million.

What really adds context to the $6 billion dollars generated by GTA V is the fact that despite their popularity and production value, even Hollywood movies don’t measure up. Epic features like Star Wars and Gone with the Wind get left in the dust at $3 billion.

The reality of the situation is that GTA has more versions to its name than the Fast and Furious movies, and they’ve been building their fanbase for a long time now. The game operates on the edge of being plausible. But, no matter, the main characters remain relatable through and through.

In all honesty, the gaming industry has always been bigger than both Hollywood and Bollywood. Any all-rounding game not only has direction, a narrative, originality and amazing stunts but also something that the film industry can’t provide - they give you a chance be a part of the story.
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