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...

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    If you want to rescue this question from being closed, you're going to need to define what you mean by "most successful". Give us some metrics.
    – Catija
    May 4, 2016 at 23:49
  • 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
  • @raphael - Nothing went wrong with that film /puts fingers in ears la la la la la la
    – user7812
    May 5, 2016 at 0:03
  • Are you sure it's not Wing Commander?
    – raphael
    May 5, 2016 at 0:56

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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 $352.3 in 2016 as well

Detective Pikachu earned $431.6M in 2019

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    Frankly, I'm surprised Warcraft beat Detective Pikachu
    – m1gp0z
    Aug 29, 2019 at 19:21

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

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