MarketWatch reveals that Rockstar's L.A. Noire sold 899,000 units during its May debut. The stat, which NPD no longer regularly reports, was below the million-unit expectation by analysts and far below that of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption premiere during the same month last year.
Red Dead Redemption 1.5 million units during the month of May 2010, going on to become a blockbuster for Take-Two and unintentionally killing game sales of any premiere for months after. There is speculation that the Call of Duty: Black Ops "Escalation" DLC, which premiered in early May, could have chiseled into Noire's numbers.
Despite L.A. Noire not reaching RDR sales in its first month, it did have a solid debut in the States and abroad, so Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick isn't wrong when he says the game is a "powerful new franchise" for the company.