This year has been a good year for movies. We have seen the sequels to established brands arrive in theatres and make massive amounts of money for their respective studios. Avengers: Age of Ultron released early in the summer with day one sales of $84.5 million. Not to be forgotten, Jurassic World roared to day one sales of $82 million. The film industry looks to have both of these passed with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December. The problem is, they have already been passed this year. Konami and Hideo Kojima’s release of Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain surpassed the day one sales of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World combined.
This information comes to light from a stats released by Adobe Digital Index’s report on gaming trends. The report revealed that Metal Gear Solid 5 had a $179 million in sales on opening day. Large day one sales of video games isn’t a surpise to the industry with Halo 2 earning $125 million it’s opening day in 2004, something in the report did surpise many people in the industry. The report also shows the total production budget of Avengers: Age of Ultron and of Metal Gear Solid 5. Metal Gear Solid 5 pushed itself into the black on opening day with Avengers taking several more days to accomplish that in sales. Looking back to the 2004, Halo 2 also showed that it earned itself into the black as well on opening day compared to Shrek 2 which was the highest grossing film of 2004.
Below you will see a breakdown of the opening day sales compared to budget. I added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for comparison since it is on record as the highest grossing opening day sales in box office history.
It is hard to completely compare video games and movies besides that they are both forms of entertainment. in the realm of entertainment however the return on investment for making AAA games is hard to ignore when you have a blockbuster game on your hands.