I was listening to a talk show predicting flops this summer and it was argued that upcoming video game adaptations would be flops.

So I was wondering which video game adaptations had been commercially successful, and which individual movie has made the most money at the box office? Tomb Raider comes to mind. I don't think Wing Commander was a big hit...

  • Ooh, is it Super Mario Bros?
    – user7812
    May 4, 2016 at 23:52
  • You mean What went wrong with Super Mario Bros?
    – raphael
    May 5, 2016 at 0:02
  • Hey, Super Mario Bros made a perfectly good RiffTrax. SUCCESS! My guess is Resident Evil. 6 movies. From wikiedia "Despite constant negative reviews, with five films released, the Resident Evil film series is the highest-grossing film series to be based on video games of all time, having grossed US$915 million worldwide. It is set to conclude on January 27, 2017 with a sixth film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, written and directed by Anderson." May 5, 2016 at 1:53
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    @user7812 - Yes, it is Super Mario Bros, you sarcastic time-traveller, you...
    – Valorum
    Oct 25, 2023 at 16:14

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In the years since the last answer was released a couple of films have topped it in the global box-office

Warcraft earned $433.7M in 2016

Rampage earned $428.0M in 2018

The Angry Birds Movie earned $352.3M in 2016 as well

Detective Pikachu earned $431.6M in 2019

Sonic The Hedgehog earned $319M in 2020

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 earned $405M in 2022

The Super Mario Bros. Movie earned $1.4B in 2023!!

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    Frankly, I'm surprised Warcraft beat Detective Pikachu
    – m1gp0z
    Aug 29, 2019 at 19:21
  • The Super Mario Bros Movie is now over $1.1 billion.
    – Brady Gilg
    May 10, 2023 at 15:48
  • Very true, although I’m not sure it’s completely done in box offices worldwide
    – m1gp0z
    May 11, 2023 at 16:10

Based on this list of "most successful movie franchise", the first Video-game-to-movie translation I can see is:

Resident Evil

Which wikipedia reports has earned more than $900m in ticket sales across 7 films, internationally.

The single highest grossing individual film appears to be

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

which earned its studio over $300M at the box office.

  • It's indeed Resident Evil franchise, but it earned more than 900m from just 5 movies
    – madmada
    May 5, 2016 at 0:55
  • I did expected that, anyways there is one more Resident Evil film going to come to change the figures.
    – Ankit Sharma
    May 5, 2016 at 8:21
  • The fact that there are five Resident Evil films goes to show there's profit in them. Video game movie sequels seem to be the exception rather than the rule. May 5, 2016 at 18:25
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    What a strange world we live in, The Angry Birds Movie beat The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at the Box office
    – m1gp0z
    Apr 26, 2019 at 19:44
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    I specifically asked this question because I thought The Angry Birds Movie was going to be a flop, so this twist is ironic.
    – raphael
    Apr 26, 2019 at 22:06

As of July 2023, The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) is the highest-grossing film based on a video game. Its worldwide box office gross is $1.3B, according to The Numbers and Box Office Mojo. It has surpassed the second-place film, Warcraft (2016), by a huge margin.

Pokémon still holds the crown for the highest-grossing film franchise based on a video game, with a $1.5B worldwide box office gross. (Sources)

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