Uwe Boll has done it again. Like House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, and BloodRayne, the latest game-based film from the outspoken--but never outpunched--German director, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, has bombed critically and commercially.
After reviewers got medieval on the Gas Powered Games role-playing game-inspired fantasy/adventure, audiences shunned it like the Bubonic Plague. From Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, In the Name of the King took in only $3.3 million in US theaters, averaging just $2,002 on each of its 1,600 screens. The not-so-princely sum wasn't even enough to put the film in the top 10, which was capped by the Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman cancer comedy The Bucket List.
Though Boll is no stranger to criticism and weak grosses, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale's failure will be especially painful on two levels. First, it is unlikely that given its estimated $60 million budget, the would-be epic will become profitable via international and video sales, as Boll insists his past projects have been. Secondly, the film featured a higher-profile ensemble cast than other Boll projects, starring Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Burt Reynolds, John Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman, Matthew Lillard, and Kristanna Loken.
Boll's upcoming game-to-film projects include the unstarted Far Cry adaptation and Postal, which is already completed but still in need of a distributor.