Prince of Persia is the Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie Ever

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Prince of Persia Top grossing video game movie Prince of Persia is the Highest Grossing Video Game Movie Ever

The video game movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time may not make many best of 2010 lists, but the film can file at least one achievement away: it’s banked the most money of any video game movie.

The folks over at Film Junk have pointed out something that may be a bit surprising: Prince of Persia is now the highest grossing movie that’s based on a video game. Although domestically it’s only racked up $82 million in just under four weeks, the numbers have more than made up for that internationally with a solid $213 million.

That’s a total of $295 million worldwide so far, and that number will only rise since the movie is still playing in theaters. It’s nowhere near breaking any all-time box office records (Avatar is still quite safe!), but as far as video game movies go it’s the king of the box office… for now.

To compare, here’s a list of the top 5 highest-grossing theatrically released video game movies (both live-action and animation), including Prince of Persia:

  1. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – $295 million (worldwide)
  2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – $274 million (worldwide)
  3. Pokemon: The First Movie – $163 million (worldwide)
  4. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life – $156 million (worldwide)
  5. Resident Evil: Extinction – $147 million (worldwide)

As you can see, it’s not a huge victory for Prince of Persia but a victory nonetheless (although who’s betting Resident Evil: Afterlifewith its 3D ticket prices – will steal the crown?) . Is it a coincidence that one of the few video game movies that doesn’t suck is the one to make the most money? Perhaps, but it’s at least a pleasing indication that the cream still rises to the top at least some of the time. But sadly not as much as it should…

What do you think of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time becoming the highest-grossing video game movie of all time? Is it deserving? Do you think it will hold the title for long?

Source: Box Office Mojo via Film Junk

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  1. Can you get figures that would compare them dollar for dollar in the same time period?

    (did that make sense?)

    Meaning the value of the dollar would make Pokeman really the overall winner as ticket prices were different back then?

    If Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia both sold 100 tickets but PoP ticket prices were 2$ where as Tomb Raiders were 1$ you would see a 2 to 1 difference when in actuality the same amount of people saw the movie…

    • You’re probably right, since Pokemon and Tomb Raider were both a few years back now. But those numbers are just as they are, not adjusted for inflation. Sadly that’s the way box-office results are looked at by the industry.

      • Thanks for the post and reply.

        Yeah I need to see if there is a calculator of sorts that could do this. I remember seeing a breakdown some years ago stating Gone with the Wind was the “all time overall” box office champ just based on inflation.

  2. still a POC of a lame movie, with an even lamer “actor”

  3. With inflation PoP isn’t number one but it’s box office run is not over and it isn’t to far behind. By the end of it’s run PoP should be number one adjusted. For now it’s number 2 by a hair.

    Yes it deserves it it’s not a good film but it’s the best game movie by miles it was watchable and no others are.

    • no, i personally prefer Doom over this POC

      • Anyone forgetting Silent Hill and Mortal Kombat?

        • No, we haven’t forgotten Mortal Kombat, despite all our best efforts. But now it’s 2012, and all accounts have Lara Croft as the highest grossing movie of all time, not POP.

  4. Doom was one of the worst films ever made

    • still better than this….

  5. Actually, POP would have done far better if there wasn’t so much negative press about it; if it wasn’t all that negative press, it would have made it by now to at least $400mil. I don’t understand why there was so much attack against it in the press right from the beginning which explains how little it did domestically. Can someone tell me what the hell was going on with all that attack against it in the press?

    Of course the fact that the borrowed an actor from Brokeback Mountain didn’t help at all.

    • it MAYBE wouldve done better if that hack gyllenhall wasnt in it JUST maybe though

  6. I’m just boggled that Poke’mon made the top 5, with or without adjustment (and that I’ve actually *seen all of the top 5 which is rare for these lists…).

    • POkemon is huge in asian culture, and with really extremely nerdy kids who have no friends. I’m not saying the two are the same the asian kids who like Pokemon are fine and normal, but some reason everyone else who does tends to have thick glasses smells really bad and doesn’t know anything about the female body. It’s strange.

      • Oh, come on Daniel, can you see someone normal watching Pokemon except very young adults?

  7. James the reason for all the bad press was that it wasn’t a good movie. Movies that are not good tend to get negative reviews and the press blast it.

    Yes it was the best comic film yes it’s way ahead it’s competition including crap films like Doom, but still it wasn’t good.

    • hey Doom was better! hahahahah

    • I have to disagree. The bad press started before POP was even out. I’ve seen so may crappy movies that don’t get nearly as much attacked.

      By the way, I I would have enjoyed POP 10 times more if Gyllenhaal was not in it. Everytime I saw him in POP, I remember Brokeback Mountain, and nearly puked.

  8. Silent Hill was terrible and I enjoyed Mortal Kombat as a kid, but as an adult it just doesn’t hold up as a good film.

  9. 790 chiming in,,,
    “Silent Hill” was an amazing video game adaptation, capturing an adult horror film audience for those that have an adult attention span. It stayed true to the video game-end and had some awesome repeat viewing visuals and great cast.

    “Doom” was also a great video game film adaptation. I guess you would have to play the game to appreciate its cinematic complexity.
    Doesn’t surprise me the usuals aren’t on board with these films…

  10. Nt trying to over complicate things but wouldnt the pokemon movie be considered an anime movie? Yea the anime was based off the game but it was already a tv show so in my eyes its not really a video game movie.

    • The first game was released in 1996(?), and the first anime series aired in 97.
      So, you’re wrong.

  11. Still waiting for a Video Game Movie that has a strong story to it.

  12. Not sure how you define normal. It’s popular among kids very very nerdy over weight adults who live with their parents and in my opinion normal Asians. Do all people of Asian decent like it no? Is it huge in Asia ? Yes and liked by very normal people unless you don’t think Asians are normal but then your just racist. It’s a fact that there is a large number of normal Asian aduts who like it. Super Senti (power rangers) is also popular with alot of adults in Asia. In Japan film and television is very differant than it is here not to mention alot of these programs are kiddies up here but are more adult in Japan. Look at the kids cartoon Salor Moon in Japan Shes a lesbian and had sex in America it’s a kid friendly cartoon. Personally I hate Anime and most of these programs we still from Asia but they are very popular over there. Every culture is not the same. Some of our greatest films are considered dumb in other countrys and some of their best are considered bad here.

  13. You and are are very differant I don’t hate actors based on what films they have done I like / hate based on there talent. Brockback was a crappy movie sure do I still watch movies with Jake still ? Yep. I don’t care that he was in it he is still a decent actor. However he was miscast in my opinion as the prince. The film wouldn’t of been 10 times better with out him it would of been 10 times better with a differant script, new producer and another director. Jake was miscast but it didn’t hurt the film much at all. The cast was good aside from the female lead who wasn’t all that attractive and her beauty was over hyped. Other than her the cast was good enough. Everything else was complete fail. The best part of the games was all the great climbing and jumping could of used some more parkour.

    • I definitely need to lighten up on generalizing people, but that’s cause of the neighborhood I grew up at.

      One thing I definitely agree with you is that Gemma Arterton is nowhere attractive enough to be casted as a princes in Prince of Persia. She’s definitely no Jasmine :)

      • jasmine was an arab. tamina is persian. its not 9/11, its 300. =P