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Rockstar Games cashes in from record-breaking $800m GTA V first day sales

Grand Theft Auto V took in $800 million (£497 million) in its first day around the globe, Take-Two Interactive Software has announced.

The latest version of the franchised debuted on 17 September for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

Its one-day haul makes it the "highest first day retail sales of any title in the history of the company and the Grand Theft Auto series," according to Take-Two, which owns GTA developer Rockstar Games.

"All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V. Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry's new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence," Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two, said in a statement.

"Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series."

In some cases, life has imitated art when it comes to the violent game.

London police this week arrested three teenagers who attacked a man who had just purchased a copy of GTA V.

In the US, three men also posed as New York City police officers in an effort to be first in line at the Staten Island Mall to buy the new title.