There have been countless movies based on video games over the years. But for some reason, most of them didn’t live up to the hype. They didn’t do the games from which they spawned justice.
Although there have been some that became monumental blockbusters, too many came and went all too quickly without anyone even noticing.
Here’s a list of movies based on hugely popular video games, and their results at the box-office.
1. Resident Evil
The game that coined “survival horror” and spawned 5 sequels.
Resident Evil (2002) – $40M
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – $51M
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – $51M
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – $60M
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – $42M
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) – TBD
2. Mortal Kombat
The massively successful fighting game became a pretty big hit. Its sequel, however, fell short.
Mortal Kombat (1995) – $70M
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) – $36M
3. Tomb Raider
The ultimate video game starring a beautiful heroine turned into a blockbuster hit. But, again, the sequel didn’t quite meet expectations.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) – $131M
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) – $66M
4. Silent Hill
The terrifying game that followed in the footsteps of Resident Evil. The first film was a moderate hit, but its sequel sadly missed the mark.
Silent Hill (2006) – $47M
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012) – $18M
A hugely fun and popular video game. The first movie wasn’t bad, but the sequel got sniped out.
Hitman (2007) – $40M
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – $22M
Assassin’s Creed (2016)
An intriguing game with a huge following. The movie had a decent run at the box-office, but didn’t even come close to meeting the filmmakers’ expectations.
6. Warcraft (2016)
The game that everyone on the planet has heard of, but a movie that only the die-hard game fans paid to see.
7. Need for Speed (2014)
The ultimate racing game that defined racing games. The movie was good, but not good enough. It should have been way, way, way better.
8. Street Fighter
The fighting game that almost reached the popularity of Mortal Kombat. The first movie was pretty bad, although it was a valiant effort. The second movie was almost as entertaining as the first one.
Street Fighter (1994) – $33M
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) – $9M
9. Max Payne (2008)
A great game with a solid story. The movie it became almost doesn’t make any sense at all. Mark Wahlberg is a terrific Payne, but it wasn’t enough to make it a box-office winner.
10. Doom (2005)
The Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson in a game that was doomed from the beginning. A decent effort, though. The movie has its moments, but audiences weren’t pleased.