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Metal Gear Solid V launch earnings beat Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World combined

Video games have evolved to the point where they routinely have the biggest entertainment launches of the year. Take Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for example. Konami reports that day one game sales put the title at $179 million. Not bad considering how liberally Director Hideo Kojima worked “within” his budget.

Take that figure and put it next to the two biggest movie launches of the year, $84.5 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron and $82 million Jurassic World, and you have a total that beats them both out clearly. Not only that, but the $179 million wipes the floor with their combined $165.5 million.

Of course, many people are paying $59.99 or even more thanks to rip-off swag Collector’s Editions, but the point is that video games have found a way to make their audience believe that price is acceptable. The second Hollywood stumbles on a new way to raise the prices of movie tickets, you know they’ll take it. Remember 3D? That was fun for a while.

It’s also worth pointing out that despite its popularity among gamers, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is still a pretty niche title in a series that is aimed specifically at gamers. It has nothing on Grand Theft Auto V, which saw its launch day come to a close at about $800 million.

So, money, that’s the end goal for everything these days. Call me when The Legend of Legacy or any Dragon Quest title makes $179 million, and I’ll start to celebrate.


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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...


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