For decades now, Hollywood has tried to capture that special feeling that video games give fans. So far though, no one’s really managed to make a great movie based on a video game, and the results have been less than stellar. Here’s every game movie we’ve seen so far, that has been release theatrically. Keep in mind that these are only movies that have been released in theatres and in the U.S. So anything released in Japan, like Tekken, or anywhere else isn’t being included.
The infmaous video game adaption that named our beloved heroe Mario Mario and Luigi Mario. The movie was directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, and rests at a lovely 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Double Dragon seems like a sure fit for a movie, right? Well not exactly. The film was directed by James Yukich and landed on an 8% Rotten Tomatoes score.
The first Mortal Kombat movie fared a bit better than the game movies before it, both in box office numbers and score. Paul W. S. Anderson directed the movie that has a 33% Rotten Tomatoes score, sadly a bit highter than most video game movies.
You can practically feel the campiness coming off of the first Street Fighter movie, that’s right the first. Directed by Steven E. de Souza the flick hit a 12% Rotten Tomatoes score.
The second Mortal Kombat movie completely took a step backward, and ended up much worse for it with uninspired characters and special effect. John R. Leonetti took the helm for this one, which sits at an abyssmal 3% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Resident Evil kept going with its films to moderate box office success, despite critic reception. Extinction was even the number one movie in the North American box office on its opening weekend. Russell Mulcahy took the directing reigns, while the film got a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Mark Wahlberg assumed the role of the gritty New York police officer, Max Payne. The film is directed by John Moore, and with everything still didn’t fare any better than your average game adaption with a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this adaption of the iconic shooter series. Wayward decisions like a terrible first-person shooting segment at the end, drug the adaption down. The film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak landed on a 19% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Prince of Persia looked like it might be that first video game movie to really nail it, with a talented cast and producer Jerry Bruckheimer behind it. Alas, the Mike Newell directed film just didn’t measure up. It did become the highest grossing video game movie of all time with a total worldwide gross of $335 million, but still only scored a 36% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
With the success of the Fast and Furios films, Need for Speed seemed like a sure fit for that formula. Aaron Paul even took the leading role in the movie directed by Scott Waugh. Need for Speed performed moderately well with a total gross of around $203 million, but still scored a less than stellar score of 23% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Two of the most beloved characters in video games made it to the big screen this year. Sadly, their film outing directed by Kevin Munroe, didn’t quite make the great video game movie we’ve all been hoping for. Ratchet and Clank scores a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has only pulled in $11 million at the box office.
The latest in video game film adaptions, Warcraft, set a new recored for the highest grossing game movie of all time. Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code, took the helm on this CGI filled film based off Blizzard’s series. It performed much better overseas than in the United States, pulling in a total gross of $432 million. Unfortunately, Warcraft didnt fare very well with critics sitting at a Rotten Tomatoes score of 29%.