Video games would seem to be fertile ground to the hungry film executive hunting for the next audience to squeeze. The gaming industry posted record profits of $21.3 billion in 2008, and even though those numbers dropped to $18.58 billion in 2010 (mostly due to the lack of new gaming platforms like the Wii and PS3 to boost sales), a major title like last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, can still clock in $1 billion dollars in just six weeks.
But the track record for Hollywood video-game adaptations has been dismal. The two that appeared in theaters in 2010, Resident Evil: Afterlife and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, earned just $51 and $90 million, respectively. Those numbers seem meager, but they still place them at the No. 6 and No. 2 highest grossing video games movies of all time. In fact, The Dark Knight alone, if you include its worldwide gross, singlehandedly beats out the top ten video game adaptations combined. On Rotten Tomatoes, the highest rated video game movies are Final Fantasy, Prince of Persia and Mortal Kombat, which scored 43 percent, 36 percent, and 36 percent, respectively.