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The curse of the videogame film

  • Published at 05:24 pm June 15th, 2016
  • Last updated at 02:00 am August 1st, 2016

In the history of film, there has been one genre that has been plagued since its initial introduction to the world. The videogame genre, for some strange reason, has not been able to successful do well on the big screen. Before we take a look at the lost list of box office bombs, let’s break a few things down. The recent release of Warcraft hasn’t been getting hot reviews. In fact, the movie so far has a rating of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. That, of course, comes from the legitimate range of critics. The audience, on the other hand, has received it quite well, mostly because they are huge fans of the game.

While there is still hope in the near future with movies based on video games, Warcraft, unfortunately, is not the movie to springboard the genre into a successful level (pun not intended). As gamers, the majority of us still have higher hopes for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation for the big screen in December of this year. Starring Michael Fassbender, the fans of both videogames and films are desperately eager for this film to actually do well at the box office. What we’ve seen so far are somewhat promising, but we won’t know for sure how well it will do until its release.

To get a better grasp of the history, we have to start a couple of decades with stink-fest known as Super Mario Bros back in the summer of 1993. Anyone will admit, with not a second thought, how horrible this movie was. The track record of international released films based on a videogame is abysmal. The lowest rating on Rotten Tomatoes is a, we kid you not, 1% for the 2005 release of Alone in the Dark. The second worst is by Mortal Kombat: Annihilation with a 3% rating, which was released back in 1997. The sequel was absolutely horrendous. As strange as it may sound, the majority of us still believe its predecessor Mortal Kombat remains the best videogame movie of all time.

There are three more films with a rating of 4%, so you can imagine how pathetic this genre really is in Hollywood. And even though the ratings got higher down the line, like Lara Croft: Tom Raider (2001), starring every guy’s fantasy Angelina Jolie, was the first film to hit it big with a box office total of $247,703,340. Unfortunately, the sequel wasn’t able to do the same. But the highest grossing videogame film comes out of Disney. Go figure. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ended with the total of $336,365,676. This was six years ago, and let’s not forget the controversy of “white-casting” the role of the main character. Controversy galore.

Naturally, you left to wonder which film has the highest rating. Funny enough, it was this year’s release of The Angry Birds Movie, which currently has a rating of 42%. Even though Warcraft isn’t as highly rated, it’s racked up the same amount as the former, taking in around $287.6 million. In any case, we hope things really do turn around for this genre. Here’s hoping to see Assassin’s Creed break the curse of the videogame movie.

Here’s the entire international released list of videogame movies that were complete flops:

  • Super Mario Bros (1993)

  • Double Dragon (1994)

  • Street Fighter (1994)

  • Mortal Kombat (1995)

  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

  • Wing Commander (1999)

  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

  • Resident Evil (2002)

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Crade of Life (2003)

  • House of the Dead (2003)

  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

  • Alone in the Dark (2005)

  • Doom (2005)

  • BloodRanye (2006)

  • Silent Hill (2006)

  • DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

  • Postal (2007)

  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

  • Hitman (2007)

  • In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008)

  • Far Cry (2008)

  • Max Payne (2008)

  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

  • Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

  • Need of Speed (2014)

  • Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

  • Ratchet and Clank (2016)

  • The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

  • Warcraft (2016)

Apart from Assassin’s Creed, the next films on the list are yet to be released, pending a release date:

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

  • Uncharted (2017)

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2018)

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