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Red Dead Redemption 2 sets all-time weekend record for entertainment industry with $725M+, beats out Infinity War

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Oct 30, 2018

It turns out that the combined power of the six Infinity Stones was no match for the wild, wild West. According to a report by Variety, Rockstar Game's Red Dead Redemption 2 set an all-time record for the entertainment industry, with more than $725 million in its first weekend alone.

For some context, that's more than Avengers: Infinity War made at the box office during its weekend debut this past April, $640 million. Not bad, right?

However, while Red Dead 2's opening weekend haul is the biggest ever for an entertainment property, it is not the highest-grossing video game debut of all time. That particular honor is held by another Rockstar title, Grand Theft Auto V, which took in over $1 billion during its first three launch days in 2013. Since GTA V was released on a weekday (a Tuesday, if you were wondering), it did not break a weekend record, allowing the long-awaited Red Dead follow-up to take the top spot.

Caveat or not, though, it's still a massive haul.

Some other accolades held by the game are "highest ever pre-orders, highest day one sales and highest sales for the first three days in market on the PlayStation Network," Sony said. With an average of 97 on Metacritic, Read Dead Redemption 2 is also currently the best-reviewed game for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Acting as a prequel to the first game, Red Dead Dedemption 2 follows American outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde Gang. Filled with incredible detail, players can partake in robberies, go for a trip to the barber, or watch a horse do its natural waste-disposal business.

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