Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has comprehensively smashed the all-time UK sales record for a videogame's first weekend, selling an estimated 677,000 units according to UK research body Chart-Track.
That figure is more than double that of the previous record holder - San Andreas' predecessor Grand Theft Auto Vice City, which broke sales records two years ago by selling 250,000 units in its first week, and remained the fastest selling title ever until now.
The PlayStation 2 exclusive GTA San Andreas went on sale across Europe on October 29th, and despite fears of a stock shortage, Chart-Track's 6500 strong UK retail panel picked up some 575,156 units. Given that this panel represents around 85 per cent of the total UK market, Chart-Track has extrapolated that around 677,000 units were sold in total across the country.
News source: gamesindustry.biz