Movies based on video games are not as popular as one might think, which is odd considering how much money movies based on novels and comic books make. In all honesty, video games are far more popular among the young than the other genres. But still these movies don't garner that much money. Perhaps it's because video game movies don't garner as big of a budget, or as much media attention. It might also be because critics universally hate any video game movies, while audiences are not that receptive either. It's always hard to please critics, as it is their job to be, well, critical. But why don't fans like the movies? Is it possible that the plots in video games don't translate well into movies? Maybe it's funner to just play a mindless video game whose premises are far removed from real life. Forcing the same person to watch the same menial plot might just become like a chore. People who don't play video games or aren't into comics either seem to prefer the comic book genre type movie. One thing is for sure, if someone actually made a movie based on a video game that people liked, the earning potential is endless. The list is based on those films whose origins are from a video game and nothing else.
14 Max Payne - Released: October 17, 2008- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $85,416,905
13 Silent Hill - Released: April 21,2006- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $97,607,453
12 Street Fighter - Released: December 23, 1994- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $99,423,521
11 Hitman - Released: November 21, 2007- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $99,965,792
10 Resident Evil - Released: March 15, 2002- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $102,441,078
9 Mortal Kombat - Released: August 18, 1995- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $122,195,920
8 Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Released: September 10, 2004- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $129,394,835
7 Resident Evil: Extinction - Released: September 21, 2007- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $147,717,833
6 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - Released: July 25, 2003- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $156,505,388
5 Need for Speed Released: March 14, 2014- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $203,277,636
4 Resident Evil: Retribution - Released: September 14th, 2012- Box Office Gross Worldwide: $240,159,255
3 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Released: June 15, 2001- Box Office Worldwide: $274,703,340
2 Resident Evil: Afterlife - Released: September 10, 2010- Box Office Worldwide: $296,221,663
1 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Released: May 28, 2010- Box Office Worldwide: $335,154,643
Probably the most successful non-web based fantasy video game in history, it had humble beginnings in 1989 as a video game for Apple II. In a quarter of a century it evolved from graphics even cheesier than Street Fighter, into what you see above. The original premise is based around the evil wizard Jaffar, who seizes power and jails the princess and her lover, the nameless Prince of Persia. The purpose of the game is to guide the unknown hero through the palace dungeons, rescue the princess and overthrow the evil wizard. The movie had a similar pretext, and not only had pretty good success for a video game movie, it had excellent success for a movie, set in ancient times. Created with a massive budget of $200 million, it could only muster a Rotten Tomatoes score of 38% (still the highest on the list) and an audience score of 58%. Imagine how much a video game movie could make if people actually liked it.
Sources: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, BoxOfficeMojo
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