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 '16 at 23:49
  • Ooh, is it Super Mario Bros?
    – user7812
    May 4 '16 at 23:52
  • You mean What went wrong with Super Mario Bros?
    – raphael
    May 5 '16 at 0:02
  • @raphael - Nothing went wrong with that film /puts fingers in ears la la la la la la
    – user7812
    May 5 '16 at 0:03
  • Are you sure it's not Wing Commander?
    – raphael
    May 5 '16 at 0:56

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 '19 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 '16 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 '16 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 '16 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 '19 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 '19 at 22:06

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