At about $50 each, first-week sales of 4.5 million units would equal about $225 million. Should it reach 15 million units, sales of San Andreas would beat U.S. and Canada box office sales of the film Titanic by more than $100 million.
Its debut kicks off a season of blockbusters in the global interactive game publishing market, which at over $30 billion a year, dwarfs the movie business.
San Andreas, exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 2 console, will be followed on Nov. 9 by Halo 2, made by Microsoft for its Xbox. Nintendo, maker of the GameCube, will have Metroid Prime 2.