Need for Speed movie hits $100M at box office, becomes 18th best-performing game movie of all time

Total lifetime box office receipts for Aaron Paul racing movie cruise to $126 million, blowing past the film's $66 million production budget.

Need for Speed, the film based on Electronic Arts' racing franchise and starring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, has cruised to over $100 million in total lifetime box office grosses. In the United States, the movie has banked $30.5 million, while international receipts total over $96.1 million.

Combined, Need for Speed's worldwide box office performance so far has reached $126.6 million. The data comes from Hollywood box office reporting service Box Office Mojo.

Need for Speed had a $66 million production budget, so the film has now reached profitability, just two weeks after its initial debut on March 14.

According to the site's Video Game Adaptation chart, Need for Speed is now the 18th best-performing movie based on a video game in United States box office history. The number one film, by a large margin, is 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

I saw Need for Speed and found it to be both great and terrible. Have you seen it? Let us know what you think of the high-octane action racing movie in the comments below.

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marceloduende
marceloduende

You are all tripping, this movie is good, not great, but really good. It shows classic moments of the game, the part where they cross in front of the train on need for speed 1 for ps1. Or that moment on the last race where they are being chased by the cops, exactly same grid setup on nfs highstakes, and more.

I also enjoyed the fact the main character, played by Aaron Paul, was always playing against everything, that translates very well what the game tries to convey. Just my opinion, but watch first, hate/like later :)

robertcain
robertcain

Well I did see the film fairly recently and aside from some decent action sequences the film is nothing more than a big Fast and Furious rip-off. We're still waiting on that one film which will break the awful game-to-film transition mould.

sidzero
sidzero

Kind of hard to look at it as being successful when you say it's 18th on a list of video game adaptations, out of a total of 34 (meaning it doesn't even rank in the top half). And it's even harder to take it seriously when it's below even Street Fighter on that list. But hey, I guess the fact that it's better than the Mario movie is TOTALLY worth noting (so is the sarcasm in that statement).

deadpen
deadpen

"In the United States, the movie has banked $30.5 million, while international receipts total over $96.1 million."  

Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties was the highest grossing animated film of all time in China.
Sometimes overseas countries only think something is good because they don't know any better.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

That's nothing to write home about since there's only been about 30 of these game-film adaptations. 

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

Micheal Keaton makes this movie in my opinion...

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

What about ticket sales though? Tickets cost a lot more now than when Lara Croft came out.. especially with 3D and all.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

I give it 4 stars I hate critics they all old men

Fursnake
Fursnake

I'm sure this will be a decent movie to watch when it is being played on TV over and over again.

berserker66666
berserker66666

EA goes all the way to make a NFS movie but still not a good NFS story in the game. R.I.P Razor Callihan.

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

The action sequences were constantly ruined by the terrible banter of annoying characters. Not a terrible movie, but not that good either.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

from what i've read, this movie is trash. having said that, it has proven to be profitable for the studio so expect a sequel to be announced soon. as for being the EIGHTEENTH highest grossing video game movie of all time... is that supposed to be flattering? who cares, why even put that underwhelming figure in there at all? :D 

xbr85
xbr85

and it sucks....

normanislost
normanislost

Still haven't seen it myself and probably won't now since the raid2 and captain america are out this week

Hurvl
Hurvl

I've heard something about a movie being profitable once it has gained twice the production budget in revenue, so in that case it's not quite profitable yet. It's good that it only cost 66 million to make, because not every movie can be successful when it costs 130-150 million and we've seen several big budget bombs in recent years.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I'll tell ya what NFS was missing, let's see, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker (yeah I know but still) Ludacris, The Rock, and Tyres. That's what's missing.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

lolol.  Couldn't even beat Street Fighter.

alien-hell
alien-hell

but the US sale is credible for a Hollywood film, not world sales. which so far not good

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

18th best? The whole chart sucks, The top adaptations are Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia Sands of Time and Pokemon the Movie.


And get ready here comes Assassin's Creed, Warcraft and Angry Birds,

Gegglington
Gegglington

well it could never match super mario could it? :)

DawgByte2
DawgByte2

18th best videogame to movie adaption?! 

Umm... so there's 17 other ones that were better. I wouldn't exactly get all tingly over being 18th best. 

That's like a participant award for showing up.


PS4andXoneGamer
PS4andXoneGamer

Im hugely surprised there hasn't been a PG rated COD movie released yet. Can you even begin to imagine the amount of kids that would flock to see that thing O.o

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

That movie sucked. It took itself too seriously and I feel asleep.

RossRichard
RossRichard

The Lion King came out in 1994. Yet when it was put back in movie theaters in 2011, it grossed another $95 million despite being available on DVD/VHS for almost two decades. Just goes to show that people will literally watch anything at the movies if it has been advertised. It also shows why Hollywood is in the state it's in.

Saidrex
Saidrex

Sheeps be sheeps. Slap any popular brand on some crap and they will buy it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Xristophoros Yeah, I agree. According to boxofficemojo, the video-game-turned-movie genre is riddled with unsuccessful movies, because no video game movie except Lara Croft has made over 100 million dollars. This movie is lucky that the foreign audience loves this genre, with non-USA revenue accounting for more than 3/4 of the total amount.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@ladies_man_xxx  I enjoyed this movie and I think the IMDB rating is pretty accurate to what I would give it, but you cannot use IMDB ratings in an argument because no one votes seriously.  If you check the graph breakdown of votes, always a huge chunk of the votes (like atleast 50 percent) are 10s and 1s.  If people liked the movie, they rate it a 10.  If they don't, they rate it a 1.  


Might as well just change it to a Youtube voting system of Like/Don't like because the rating system is just a balancing scale that weighs the 10s and 1s.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@ladies_man_xxx  yes, because fanboys with little to no taste in real movies gave it a 7 it must be good. right? this is the same group of people that think independence day and transformers are two of the greatest movies of all time. yup, there is credibility in their opinions.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@ladies_man_xxx  Dude--far from. I think Earth Defense Force is great and terrible. Still a great game though. If something is truly bad, you don't go out of your way to also say "it's great."

Additionally, he said "I saw...and found it to be...," thus leading one to believe it is an opinion.


Oh, and here's this: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/need_for_speed/


normanislost
normanislost

Well its been out a month street fighter has been out over 10 years generating money all the time

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@DawgByte2  The best one is Tomb Raider followed by Prince of Persia Sands of time, the whole chart is awful.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PeterDuck Taking yourself too seriously is really a fast way to make people lose interest. That's not just true with movies, but games as well and even people.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Hurvl the only movie based on a game that i enjoyed was the first silent hill. it had its problems (ending wasn't the best), but hey nailed the atmosphere and mood of the game. it was well cast as well. there is potential for a good last of us movie. won't get too excited until i see a trailer though :D

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@Xristophoros @ladies_man_xxx  Okay I can understand if you don't like transformers but independence day???   Cmon now that was the king of no-brainer movies.  Epic classic!

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Hurvl true, i agree to an extent. though i would rather trust the opinion of informed critics that review movies for a living than some dudes off the street :D

normanislost
normanislost

I miss raul great actor the highlight of that film