The Most Successful Video Game Movie: A Ranking of Popular Adaptations

Choose the video game movie you think is the most successful!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 07:55
Step right up, gaming and movie enthusiasts! It's time to settle the ultimate debate that bridges the gap between our beloved consoles and the silver screen. StrawPoll presents the grand ranking of "What is the most successful video game movie?" We've gathered the legendary contenders, from spellbinding fantasy realms to adrenaline-pumping action-packed worlds. Now it's up to you to join the thousands of fans, cast your vote, and crown the ultimate gaming adaptation! Will it be the heartwarming tale of "Detective Pikachu" or the fast-paced adventure of "Sonic the Hedgehog"? Or perhaps a dark horse will rise to the challenge! Don't see your favorite on the list? Fear not, for you can suggest a missing gem in our ever-growing collection. So, grab your popcorn, flex those voting fingers, and let the battle commence!

What Is the Most Successful Video Game Movie?

  1. 1
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    This movie was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics for its humor and faithful adaptation of the source material.
    Detective Pikachu (2019) is a live-action/CGI fantasy mystery film based on the Pokémon franchise. The story follows a young man named Tim Goodman who teams up with a wise-cracking, amnesiac Pikachu who wears a detective hat to uncover the truth behind his father's mysterious disappearance. Together, they navigate through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, a place where humans and Pokémon coexist.
    • Release Date: May 10, 2019
    • Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes
    • Budget: $150 million
    • Box Office Revenue: $433 million
    • Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
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    Despite initial backlash over the design of the titular character, the movie was a hit at the box office and praised for its humor and performances.
    Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) is a live-action/CGI animated film based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. It follows the story of Sonic, a super-fast blue hedgehog, as he teams up with a human police officer named Tom to defend the Earth from the evil Dr. Robotnik.
    • Genre: Action/Adventure
    • Release Date: 14th February 2020
    • Running Time: 99 minutes
    • Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, Sega, Original Film, Blur Studio, DJ2 Entertainment
    • Cast: Ben Schwartz (voice of Sonic), James Marsden, Jim Carrey
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    While the movie received mixed reviews, it was a box office success in China and became the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time.
    Warcraft is a 2016 fantasy action film based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. The movie takes place in the world of Azeroth, where humans and orcs coexist. As the orcs invade the human realm, both sides face conflict and must come together to save their respective peoples from destruction.
    • Release Date: June 10, 2016
    • Running Time: 123 minutes
    • Budget: $160 million
    • Box Office: $439 million
    • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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    This movie was a commercial success and launched Angelina Jolie's career as an action star. It also paved the way for future female-led action movies.
    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a 2001 action-adventure film based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. The movie follows the iconic character Lara Croft, an adventurous archaeologist who embarks on a quest to retrieve ancient artifacts before they fall into the wrong hands. Packed with thrilling action sequences and breathtaking visuals, the film takes viewers on an exciting journey through exotic locations and treacherous tombs.
    • Release Date: June 15, 2001
    • Genre: Action-adventure
    • Running Time: 100 minutes
    • Box Office: $274.7 million
    • Starring: Angelina Jolie
  5. 5
    9
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    While it received mixed reviews, this movie was a box office success and is considered a cult classic among fans of the video game franchise.
    Mortal Kombat (1995) is a martial arts fantasy film based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. Set in the mystical realm of Outworld, it follows a group of skilled fighters who are chosen to compete in a tournament to save Earth from being conquered by the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung.
    • Release Date: August 18, 1995
    • Running Time: 101 minutes
    • Box Office: $122 million
    • Genre: Action, Fantasy
    • Main Cast: Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Christopher Lambert, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  6. 6
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    Resident Evil (2002)

    Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
    This movie spawned a successful franchise and was praised for its action sequences and Milla Jovovich's performance.
    Resident Evil (2002) is a science fiction action-horror film based on the popular video game series of the same name. The movie follows a group of soldiers and scientists as they navigate a secret underground laboratory known as the Hive, which has been overrun by zombies due to a deadly virus outbreak. As they fight their way through the facility, they uncover the truth about the corporation responsible for the outbreak.
    • Release Date: March 15, 2002
    • Running Time: 100 minutes
    • Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
    • Production Company: Constantin Film
    • Distributor: Screen Gems
  7. 7
    8
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    While it received mixed reviews, this movie was praised for its visuals and faithfulness to the source material.
    Silent Hill is a 2006 horror film based on the popular survival horror video game series of the same name. The movie follows a mother named Rose, who takes her adopted daughter Sharon to the mysterious, fog-filled town of Silent Hill in search of answers about Sharon's nightmares. As they navigate the eerie town, they encounter disturbing entities and uncover dark secrets about the town's troubled past.
    • Release Date: April 21, 2006
    • Genre: Horror
    • Running Time: 125 minutes
    • Production Company: Davis Films, TriStar Pictures
    • Box Office: $97.6 million
  8. 8
    7
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    The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

    Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
    While not based on a specific video game, this movie was a commercial success and spawned a sequel. It also received positive reviews for its humor and animation.
    The Angry Birds Movie (2016) is an animated comedy film based on the popular Angry Birds video game franchise. It follows the story of Red, a grumpy and solitary bird, who must team up with his friends Chuck and Bomb to discover the intentions of a group of mysterious green pigs who have arrived on their island. The film showcases a humorous and adventurous journey as the birds try to save their homes from the pig invasion.
    • Release Date: May 20, 2016
    • Genre: Animated Comedy
    • Running Time: 97 minutes
    • Production Studio: Rovio Entertainment
    • Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
  9. 9
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    While it received mixed reviews, this movie was a box office success and praised for its action sequences and Jake Gyllenhaal's performance.
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 action-adventure fantasy film based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. The story follows a prince named Dastan who teams up with a princess to stop an evil ruler from unleashing the power of a magical dagger that can control time.
    • Release Date: May 28, 2010
    • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
    • Running Time: 116 minutes
    • Box Office: $336.4 million
    • Language: English
  10. 10
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    While not a direct adaptation of the video game, this movie was loosely based on its premise and was a box office success. It was praised for its action sequences and Dwayne Johnson's performance.
    Rampage (2018) is a popular Kaiju movie that combines action, adventure, and science fiction genres. It is based on the classic arcade game of the same name. The film follows the story of a primatologist, Davis Okoye, who teams up with a genetically altered albino gorilla, George, to stop three other mutated animals - a wolf, a crocodile, and a flying lizard - from wreaking havoc across the United States.
    • Release Date: April 13, 2018
    • Running Time: 107 minutes
    • Budget: $120 million
    • Box Office: $428 million
    • Production Companies: New Line Cinema, Flynn Picture Company, Wrigley Pictures, ASAP Entertainment, 7 Bucks Entertainment

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This is a community-based ranking of the most successful video game movie. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Adaptation is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!

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The video game industry has been trying to break into Hollywood for decades, with varying degrees of success. Despite many failed attempts, a handful of video game movies have managed to achieve success both critically and commercially. From the action-packed adventures of Lara Croft to the zombie-infested world of Resident Evil, these movies have captivated audiences and helped bridge the gap between the gaming and movie worlds. But what is the most successful video game movie of all time? Let's dive in and find out!

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