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

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

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

4. Resident Evil: Extinction

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

5. Resident Evil: Apocalypse   

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

6. Mortal Kombat

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

7. Resident Evil

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

8. Hitman

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

9. Street Fighter

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

10. Silent Hill

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

11. Max Payne

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

12. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

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

13. Doom

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

14. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

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

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

16. House of the Dead

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

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

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

18. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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

19. Wing Commander

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

20. Alone in the Dark

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

21. DOA: Dead or Alive

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

22. BloodRayne

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

23. Double Dragon

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

24. Postal

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

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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