Are you a fan of video games and movies? If so, you may have noticed that Hollywood has been adapting video games into movies for quite some time. But for a long time, the results were often disappointing, leading to a widespread belief that video game adaptations just can’t be done well. However, in recent years, a handful of movies have proven that notion wrong, proving that successful video game adaptations are possible.
We’ll be counting down the top 10 most successful video game adaptation movies globally. From classic arcade games to modern MMORPGs, these movies have earned big bucks and won over fans of the original games. So, let’s get started
At number 10 on our list is Rampage, a 2018 action-adventure film based on the classic arcade game of the same name. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson and grossed over $428 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful video game adaptations to date.
Coming in at number 9 is Warcraft, a 2016 fantasy film based on the popular MMORPG game franchise of the same name. Despite mixed reviews, the movie earned over $439 million globally, thanks in large part to its popularity in China.
8. Mortal Kombat
The 2021 Mortal Kombat movie, directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan, follows a former MMA fighter named Cole Young who discovers his hidden powers and must join Earth’s greatest champions to fight against the forces of Outworld in Mortal Kombat. The movie received mixed reviews but was praised for its faithful representation of the franchise and impressive fight scenes.
7. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
At number 7 is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a 2010 action-adventure film based on the popular video game series of the same name. The movie starred Jake Gyllenhaal and earned over $336 million worldwide.
6. Tomb Raider
Halfway through our list is Tomb Raider, a 2018 reboot of the popular video game series starring Alicia Vikander as the iconic adventurer Lara Croft. The movie grossed over $274 million globally and received praise for Vikander’s performance.
5. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
One of the most recent additions to the list is Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2020 hit movie based on the classic video game. The film was release in 2022, with the success of the first movie and the continued popularity of the Sonic franchise, it’s was decent hit.
4. Resident Evil
At number 4 is Resident Evil, the 2002 horror film based on the popular survival horror video game series of the same name. Starring Milla Jovovich, the movie grossed over $102 million worldwide and spawned a successful franchise with six sequels.
3. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
The third most successful video game adaptation is Pokémon Detective Pikachu, a 2019 family comedy-mystery film based on the popular Pokémon franchise. The movie starred Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu and earned over $433 million globally.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog
Taking the runner-up spot is Sonic the Hedgehog, the 2020 live-action adventure comedy film based on the classic video game franchise. Despite initial controversy over the design of Sonic’s character, the movie was a massive success, grossing over $319 million worldwide.
And finally, at the top of our list is Uncharted, which was the highly anticipated 2022 action-adventure film based on the critically acclaimed video game series of the same name. With a star-studded cast that includes Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, the movie was a massive success, grossing over $401 million worldwide. It was one of the biggest video game adaptations of all time.
In conclusion, these ten movies have shown that successful video game adaptations are possible and that Hollywood is continuing to improve in this area. From classic arcade games to modern MMORPGs, these movies have won over fans of the original games and have even introduced new audiences to the world of gaming.
While there have been some missteps along the way, the success of these adaptations proves that Hollywood can do justice to beloved video game franchises on the big screen. With more video game movies in the works, including adaptations of popular games like The Last of Us and Monster Hunter, we can only hope that the trend of successful video game adaptations continues to grow.
So, whether you’re a fan of video games, movies, or both, keep an eye out for the next big video game adaptation hitting theaters near you!
Source – JustWatch