The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

It's official--Jerry Bruckheimer's latest movie, The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has become the highest grossing movie based on a video game. Excluding DVD sales, the movie has made an impressive $312,583,548 worldwide as of publishing. This is great news for video game fans all over the world, video game-based movies typically don't fare so well with box office earnings and critic approval.

Unfortunately, most movie adaptations of video game franchises don't do so well in the box office. Now that we know that what film made the top of the list, what are some of the ones that didn't make much money at all? The following is a list of Hollywood's highest-to-lowest grossing films based on video games.

1. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: May 9, 2010
Total Gross Revenue: $312,583,548



2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Release Date: June 15, 2001
Total Gross Revenue: $274,703,340

3. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

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Release Date: July 25, 2003
Total Gross Revenue: $156,505,388

4. Resident Evil: Extinction

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: September 21, 2007
Total Gross Revenue: $147,717,833

5. Resident Evil: Apocalypse   

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: September 10, 2004
Total Gross Revenue: $129,394,835

6. Mortal Kombat

Get over here!
Get over here!

Release Date: August 18, 1995
Total Gross Revenue: $122,195,920

7. Resident Evil

Kicking dogs, even the zombie ones, pissed off PETA
Kicking dogs, even the zombie ones, pissed off PETA

Release Date: March 15, 2002
Total Gross Revenue: $102,441,078

8. Hitman

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: November 21, 2007
Total Gross Revenue: $99,965,792

9. Street Fighter

JCVD is man enough to be Street Fighter's Guile
JCVD is man enough to be Street Fighter's Guile

Release Date: December 23, 1994
Total Gross Revenue: $99,423,521

10. Silent Hill

Here comes the janitor!
Here comes the janitor!

Release Date: April 21, 2006   
Total Gross Revenue: $97,607,453

11. Max Payne

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: October 17, 2008
Total Gross Revenue: $85,416,905


12. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Yes, the movie DOES feature a chocobo and a guy named Sid.
Yes, the movie DOES feature a chocobo and a guy named Sid.

Release Date: July 2, 2001
Total Gross Revenue: $85,131,830


13. Doom

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: October 21, 2005
Total Gross Revenue: $55,987,321

14. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Believe it or not, this is an actual screenshot from the movie.
Believe it or not, this is an actual screenshot from the movie.

Release Date: November 21, 1997
Total Gross Revenue: $51,376,861 15. Super Mario Bros

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: May 28, 1993
Total Gross Revenue: $20,915,465

16. House of the Dead

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: October 10, 2003
Total Gross Revenue: $13,818,181

17. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: January 11, 2008
Total Gross Revenue: $13,097,915

18. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: February 27, 2009
Total Gross Revenue: $12,764,201

19. Wing Commander

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: March 12, 1999
Total Gross Revenue: $11,578,059

20. Alone in the Dark

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: January 28, 2005
Total Gross Revenue: $8,191,971

21. DOA: Dead or Alive

The DOA movie is loyal to its source material where it counts
The DOA movie is loyal to its source material where it counts

Release Date: June 15, 2007
Total Gross Revenue: $7,516,532

22. BloodRayne

Meatloaf seems to enjoy his role in BloodRayne
Meatloaf seems to enjoy his role in BloodRayne

Release Date: January 4, 2006   
Total Gross Revenue: $3,650,275

23. Double Dragon

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: November 4, 1994
Total Gross Revenue: $2,341,309

24. Postal

The Highest & Lowest Grossing Video Game-Based Movies

Release Date: August 26, 2008
Total Gross Revenue: $146,741 [source: boxofficemojo.com]


There you have it, Postal is currently Hollywood's lowest grossed movie based on a video game. Certain movies, such as Super Mario Bros and Street Fighter have been notorious by the gaming community for being horrible movies. Compared to others, however, they didn't do too bad. With numerous movie adaptations of video games on the horizon, there is little doubt that many of them will become box office duds. Will any of them do as poorly as Double Dragon, or make as much money as Prince of Persia? Only time will tell.


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