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Prince of Persia officially the highest grossing video game movie ever

Jun. 24, 2010by: Paul Tassi

After it came out, I said that PRINCE OF PERSIA was pretty good…for a video game movie. Now, there’s similar statement to make, PRINCE OF PERSIA has made a pretty good amount of money…for a video game movie.

Yes, PRINCE OF PERSIA now has officially become the highest grossing video game movie ever, as it’s just surpassed $300M worldwide. The problem? The production budget plus marketing costs is around $300M, meaning the film has just broken even. I have to kind of blame Disney for that though. $300M is a very impressive haul for a movie as average as PRINCE OF PERSIA, and thinking it was going to put up MASSIVE numbers was being far too optimistic if you ask me.

What movie did the Prince unseat? That would be LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER ($274M), a pretty terrible movie in its own right, but one that had everyone who had ever played a video game turn out to see their buxom polygoned heroine brought to life by Angelina Jolie.

What will be the next video game film to unseat PERSIA? I honestly can’t say. No way that 3D ticket sales propel RE: AFTERLIFE to top it, and unless MASS EFFECT becomes the next STAR WARS (which it should), I’m just not sure what other game has what it takes for mass box office appeal.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe the HALO movie, if that ever gets made.
Source: FilmJunk

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3:31PM on 06/25/2010

Despite the size of the turd...

..it's still a Turd.
..it's still a Turd.
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8:55AM on 06/25/2010

Huh?

WTF i am really suprised mainly because ive yet to meet anyone I know who went to see it!!! Will probably check it on DVD but im in no rush as it appears to be a Pirates Of the Carribean movie set in a desert and less exciting.
WTF i am really suprised mainly because ive yet to meet anyone I know who went to see it!!! Will probably check it on DVD but im in no rush as it appears to be a Pirates Of the Carribean movie set in a desert and less exciting.
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12:19AM on 06/25/2010
I was expecting this movie to be garbage and it was surprisingly entertaining despite Mike Newell trying his best to bore me. The biggest weakness for me was the absolutely by-the-numbers dreary directing job he did.

If this movie gets a sequel please get a director who knows how to make a film exciting. Martin Campbell would've rocked.
I was expecting this movie to be garbage and it was surprisingly entertaining despite Mike Newell trying his best to bore me. The biggest weakness for me was the absolutely by-the-numbers dreary directing job he did.

If this movie gets a sequel please get a director who knows how to make a film exciting. Martin Campbell would've rocked.
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7:38PM on 06/24/2010
I wonder when they'll stop the thinking that video games will make good movies.
I wonder when they'll stop the thinking that video games will make good movies.
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7:30PM on 06/24/2010

So much potential

I'd love to see a respectable director take on Shadow of the Colossus - easily one of the best games on the PS2. The only other franchise I'd love to see would be God of War simply because I like the mythology.

Wouldn't mind a true to the game Prototype either but no way I;d watch that if it wasn't rated R.

They're running out of comics to adapt though so maybe our favs will get decent people interested rather than Boll sooner rather than later.
I'd love to see a respectable director take on Shadow of the Colossus - easily one of the best games on the PS2. The only other franchise I'd love to see would be God of War simply because I like the mythology.

Wouldn't mind a true to the game Prototype either but no way I;d watch that if it wasn't rated R.

They're running out of comics to adapt though so maybe our favs will get decent people interested rather than Boll sooner rather than later.
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7:18PM on 06/24/2010
Never had any interest in seeing this movie. Never played the videogame either. There are plenty of other videogames that I would rather see be turned into films.
Never had any interest in seeing this movie. Never played the videogame either. There are plenty of other videogames that I would rather see be turned into films.
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3:03PM on 06/24/2010

MK Reborn was better.

PoP was horrible. I really could not stand anyones accents and the whole film was pointless. Not once throughout the film did I care about anything going on.
PoP was horrible. I really could not stand anyones accents and the whole film was pointless. Not once throughout the film did I care about anything going on.
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2:42PM on 06/24/2010

One name...God.Of.War

If there's one videogame movie that can take Hollywood by storm and rake in B.O grub, it's God Of War. That being said, I hope it never gets made because the series is perfect. It's as cinematic as any blockbuster so I hope those damn studios leave it alone.

Happy that Prince is making its money...but not sure why they spent 300mil on it. It's very fun movie, and a sequel would be awesome.
If there's one videogame movie that can take Hollywood by storm and rake in B.O grub, it's God Of War. That being said, I hope it never gets made because the series is perfect. It's as cinematic as any blockbuster so I hope those damn studios leave it alone.

Happy that Prince is making its money...but not sure why they spent 300mil on it. It's very fun movie, and a sequel would be awesome.
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12:49AM on 06/25/2010
im no sure how they spend 300mil on it either....im thinking $100 mill went to the f/x and sets and the rest to the actors...that being said..it was an OK movie...still Mortal Kombat-IMHO-will always be THE video game-to-film to beat..now if the producers of Tekken can find a studio to release it...
im no sure how they spend 300mil on it either....im thinking $100 mill went to the f/x and sets and the rest to the actors...that being said..it was an OK movie...still Mortal Kombat-IMHO-will always be THE video game-to-film to beat..now if the producers of Tekken can find a studio to release it...
2:15PM on 06/24/2010
Q*Bert! Bring it on!
Q*Bert! Bring it on!
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1:44PM on 06/24/2010
Mortal Kombat film> Prince of Persia

also I agree with Walrus...Bioshock movie would be awesome!
Mortal Kombat film> Prince of Persia

also I agree with Walrus...Bioshock movie would be awesome!
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1:09PM on 06/24/2010
Eh, the movie was ok to me. It wasnt a master piece, but as a video game movie, it was good. I think there should be more video game movies, with a better production like P.o.P , such as Bioshock, which i hope gets made already!
Eh, the movie was ok to me. It wasnt a master piece, but as a video game movie, it was good. I think there should be more video game movies, with a better production like P.o.P , such as Bioshock, which i hope gets made already!
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11:43AM on 06/24/2010

If done right...

I would see a Bioshock movie. One of the few video games I've played that had a storyline I actually cared about. Creating a videogame heavily based on an Ayn Rand-inspired dystopia is pretty awesome for a video game and I was impressed from the get-go.
I would see a Bioshock movie. One of the few video games I've played that had a storyline I actually cared about. Creating a videogame heavily based on an Ayn Rand-inspired dystopia is pretty awesome for a video game and I was impressed from the get-go.
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11:26AM on 06/24/2010
Agree with Battosai. A Metal Gear movie would be great. Or if someone steps in and makes a DECENT Hitman movie.
Agree with Battosai. A Metal Gear movie would be great. Or if someone steps in and makes a DECENT Hitman movie.
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11:22AM on 06/24/2010

I may be alone in this opinion, but

I was quite partial to "Silent Hill". It was certainly flawed - some terrible dialogue and acting, [link] moments (I can buy that you're in some sort of shadow dimsension, but why isn't your lighter going out?) and a plot that was a bit too twisty for its own good - but the atmosphere and storytelling was very involving and interesting, filled with details ripe for rewatching. It's the "Barton Fink" of video game movies.
I was quite partial to "Silent Hill". It was certainly flawed - some terrible dialogue and acting, [link] moments (I can buy that you're in some sort of shadow dimsension, but why isn't your lighter going out?) and a plot that was a bit too twisty for its own good - but the atmosphere and storytelling was very involving and interesting, filled with details ripe for rewatching. It's the "Barton Fink" of video game movies.
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12:00PM on 06/24/2010
I've pin-pointed the exact moment the Silent Hill movie goes from great to crap. The instant Pyramid Head throws the skin at them as they flee into the church. When the doors close, turn the movie off, and you've seen a really cool flick. After that it's too many people, and a bad attempt to explain a creepy town that is better off not explained.
Then, if you want, you can skip to the epilogue with the mist and the creepiness.
I've pin-pointed the exact moment the Silent Hill movie goes from great to crap. The instant Pyramid Head throws the skin at them as they flee into the church. When the doors close, turn the movie off, and you've seen a really cool flick. After that it's too many people, and a bad attempt to explain a creepy town that is better off not explained.
Then, if you want, you can skip to the epilogue with the mist and the creepiness.
12:43PM on 06/24/2010
I respectfully disagree, Zenbryo - I think the townsfolk add a whole new level of creepy. Up until then we've seen monsters and "miners", but now we see people - and they be even worse than the monsters. Alice Krige as the matriarch is wonderful, and I love the twisted take on omnipresent religion (the icon of a Goddess in the school, hopscotch that has "Hell" written in a box). The bload-soaked finale really has weight because of them, and while not in the least bit realistic, looks beautiful.
I respectfully disagree, Zenbryo - I think the townsfolk add a whole new level of creepy. Up until then we've seen monsters and "miners", but now we see people - and they be even worse than the monsters. Alice Krige as the matriarch is wonderful, and I love the twisted take on omnipresent religion (the icon of a Goddess in the school, hopscotch that has "Hell" written in a box). The bload-soaked finale really has weight because of them, and while not in the least bit realistic, looks beautiful. Now if only they could have done something about dialogue like "there was a fire here"... I know the original screenplay was supposed to have been dialogue-free, but surely we could've had some effort put into the chatter!
11:12AM on 06/24/2010
Three words: METAL GEAR SOLID.
Three words: METAL GEAR SOLID.
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11:05AM on 06/24/2010

I loved it!!!

I loved prince of persia and I was sceptical at first but after seeing it I was throughly impressed especially with Jake Gyllenhaal who has to be the most average actor ever in film history but after this and zodiac im really digging him so hopefully a sequle gets greenlit cos I will be there and I cant wait t own this on Blu ray
I loved prince of persia and I was sceptical at first but after seeing it I was throughly impressed especially with Jake Gyllenhaal who has to be the most average actor ever in film history but after this and zodiac im really digging him so hopefully a sequle gets greenlit cos I will be there and I cant wait t own this on Blu ray
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1:01PM on 06/24/2010
Thanks, Disney employee.
Thanks, Disney employee.
11:01AM on 06/24/2010
It's also the best-reviewed video game movie at a whopping 39% tomato meter. See, the problem is, so far they've only made shitty video game movies. No one cares about these second-rate (IMHO) characters like Prince of Persia or Hitman or Max Payne...we want the good shit! We want the adaptations that could potentially be awesome! Such as:

-BioShock
-Gears of War
-Halo
-God of War
-Uncharted
-Mass Effect

Etc., etc...But no, by all means, keep greenlighting shit like Kane and Lynch,
It's also the best-reviewed video game movie at a whopping 39% tomato meter. See, the problem is, so far they've only made shitty video game movies. No one cares about these second-rate (IMHO) characters like Prince of Persia or Hitman or Max Payne...we want the good shit! We want the adaptations that could potentially be awesome! Such as:

-BioShock
-Gears of War
-Halo
-God of War
-Uncharted
-Mass Effect

Etc., etc...But no, by all means, keep greenlighting shit like Kane and Lynch, because we're all DYING to see that.
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1:44PM on 06/24/2010
Well said and damn straight. The only thing I'd add is that it was certainly POSSIBLE to make excellent movies out of stuff like HITMAN and MAX PAYNE, Fox just chose to make them crap.
Well said and damn straight. The only thing I'd add is that it was certainly POSSIBLE to make excellent movies out of stuff like HITMAN and MAX PAYNE, Fox just chose to make them crap.
7:02PM on 06/24/2010
Bioshock is easily one of the most overrated games of the last decade. Max Payne is way better.
Bioshock is easily one of the most overrated games of the last decade. Max Payne is way better.
12:54AM on 06/25/2010
Fox when it comes to adapting comics and/or video game they always turn into crap and with that being said i would like to add Metal Gear Solid to that list IQuitMrWhite
Fox when it comes to adapting comics and/or video game they always turn into crap and with that being said i would like to add Metal Gear Solid to that list IQuitMrWhite
10:59AM on 06/24/2010

It's disingenuous to suggest that it broke even.

Since the split on box office gross averages out to about 50/50, Disney's probably only seeing about $150M of that coming back. Home video will make up the difference, I'm sure.
Since the split on box office gross averages out to about 50/50, Disney's probably only seeing about $150M of that coming back. Home video will make up the difference, I'm sure.
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10:51AM on 06/24/2010

metroid

metroid - if done right, with the right actors, writers, director, producer, et al, could be awesome and epic. the potential is huge....
metroid - if done right, with the right actors, writers, director, producer, et al, could be awesome and epic. the potential is huge....
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5:47PM on 06/24/2010
Seriously, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of the Metroid games than me. That being said... they'd make TERRIBLE movies. They have ZERO plot.
Seriously, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of the Metroid games than me. That being said... they'd make TERRIBLE movies. They have ZERO plot.
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