Over the course of three days, the game grossed over $725 million in global retail sales, while also landing the largest opening weekend in the history of entertainment, Rockstar Games reports.
That’s more than the highest-earning film in history, Avengers: Infinity Wars, which saw a total of $640 million during its opening weekend in 2018. However, Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V has Red Dead Redemption 2 beat: Grand Theft’s fifth iteration pulled in over $1 billion in sales during its three opening days. The difference is Grand Theft Auto V launched on a Tuesday, while Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on a Friday, allowing the latter to break the weekend record.
According to Sony Interactive Entertainment, Red Dead Redemption 2 set records for best ever pre-orders, best day one sales, and best sales for the first three days in market on the Playstation Network.
Set in 1899 America at the tail end of the Wild West era, Red Dead Redemption 2 follows the story of the last remaining outlaws—Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang—as they loot, shoot, and fight their way across the country’s unforgiving heartland. The game is the prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption and the third installment in the Red Dead series.
There has also been a lot of talk surrounding Red Dead Redemption 2’s soundtrack, which includes a new song from D’Angelo, titled “May I? Stand Unshaken.” As the first game Rockstar Games has released in five years, Red Dead Redemption 2 arrived in relative secrecy, with few details of the game shared prior to its drop. It seems like the soundtrack was also part of the game’s mystery, as the developers kept those details largely unknown as well.