Red Dead Redemption 2 sales: 23 million copies moved to retailers, publisher says

Red Dead Redemption 2 has now moved more than 23 million copies, publisher Take-Two Interactive said in a call with investors yesterday.

The figure is six million more than Take-Two reported in the 12 days following Red Dead Redemption 2’s Oct. 26 launch. The number represents “sold-in” copies, meaning that the physical sales are games shipped to retailers, not how many were actually bought by customers.

Take-Two didn’t provide numbers of actual sales to consumers (known as “sold-through”), but in a heavily qualified ranking last month, the NPD Group said that Red Dead Redemption 2 had dethroned Activision’s Call of Duty franchise as 2018’s top seller. The fine print on that: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s PC sales were not part of the tally (Red Dead Redemption 2 did not launch on PC).

In November, Take-Two said that it moved more copies of the game — 17 million — during Red Dead Redemption 2’s first eight days on sale than what the first Red Dead Redemption sold in the eight years after its 2011 launch.

Take-Two repeated that tout for investors yesterday, but the news overall does not appear to have helped the company’s stock price. VentureBeat noted that Take-Two said that it still expects a lower profit for its fourth-quarter fiscal year earnings (67 to 77 cents per share) than investors anticipated (84 cents per share). Take-Two shares opened at $96.76 today, which is about 10 percent lower than yesterday’s $107.29 closing, before the call with investors.

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