Prince of Persia: Sands of Time sets game-based film record

Jerry Bruckheimer film's $293M at global box office surpasses Tomb Raider.

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Though it was not critically adored, Jerry Bruckheimer's spin on Dastan's time-traveling adventure is now the highest grossing video game-based film of all time.

Critics might not have loved it, but wallets did.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which is based on Ubisoft's 2003 game of the same name, did not perform so mightily in the United States, taking in just over $80 million since it debuted May 28. However, according to Box Office Mojo, The Sands of Time raked in over $213 million internationally, bringing the film's worldwide box office success to around $293 million.

That figure makes the film the highest grossing video game-based movie of all time, passing the original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which racked up $274 million globally. The Sands of Time's budget is estimated to be in the area of $200 million, making a sequel seem very likely.

Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the mighty Dastan; Gemma Arterton as the lovely princess Tamina; Sir Ben Kingsley as Nizam, the film's antagonist; and Alfred Molina as Shiek Amar. It was directed by Mike Newell and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It took in just over $30 million in its first weekend, where it was available in over 3,500 theaters.

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69 comments
langrisser2005
langrisser2005

It is a GOOD movie, probably best game-related one yet so it's no surprise. Go watch if you haven't yet!

X-RS
X-RS

obviously, it wasnt a direct take of any pop game but it was decent. unfortunately there didnt seem to be as many magical and ambient enviroments like the games (or pirates), parts of the film that did have this quality i enjoyed moreso. hopefully if there is a sequel this is taken into account.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Yes but how many tickets did it sell compared with Lara Croft. Ticket prices cost more than they did back then so of course Persia got more money but it doesn't mean it did better.

lexluis
lexluis

Gee How did you know that I'm a Prince of Persia fan? Was it my profile image that give it away?

lexluis
lexluis

The movie is got flaws like the dialog and the cast, but it was fun and captures the great things from the videogame. I would like a sequel

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

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SolanOcard
SolanOcard

293 on a 200 filming budget is not that great. There was probably 50M spent on advertising. If they do a sequel, they need to reduce their budget. Honestly, do they really need to spend so much money? It seems wasteful to spend that much when they could have gotten the same results with a budget of 120. The latest Star Trek movie had an estimated budget of 140. knowing videogame movies don't do very well, committing 200M to such a movie is downright idiotic.

darth_rage
darth_rage

the movie is quite good and the storyline was entertaining throughout the entire movie even though they not the same as the video game. the only problem was the cast which made up of B grade actors. i wouldn't mind a sequel.

smzee27
smzee27

"...making a sequel seem very likely..." UGGGHH

digitalpro
digitalpro

The issue a video game movie has is so many critics tell people it based off a video game and to non gamers, they feel they won;'t understand it cause they don't play videogames. So they avoid it. It second issue are game players. They feel the movie will suck so they don't go see it.

monson21502
monson21502

after watching it. i wished i could time travel back and kick my self in the nuts for wanting to go to see it.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

As I'd noticed when this movie started, it did not actually do as badly as all the pundits were saying--it had already made something like 150 million after a week. How can that possibly be considered a failure, i wonder? Only if compared to Pirates of the Caribbean, which the producers were idiotic enough to do before it came out, but this movie is a decent summer movie and did pretty damned well overall. I'm hoping for a sequel and a more warm domestic reception next time (and hopefully, it comes out in the States first, I get the feeling piracy from it coming out elsewhere first contributed to it doing so poorly here)

wilt1725grog
wilt1725grog

I havent seen the movie, so i will make my own judgements when i see it my self.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Aside from the lack of middle-eastern actors, the film wasn't that bad. I wouldn't mind a sequel.

Guzthon
Guzthon

Unbelievable. If it wasn't for the worldwide box office numbers, PoP would be on the top 5 worst based upon video games movies (Toimb Raider 2 [sorry Angelina Jolie], Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter 1 & 2 and MK: Armageddon). Anyway I like the movie.

Dan21278
Dan21278

The movie wasn't that bad...it could have been worse lol

metalkid9
metalkid9

At first when they said it sold horrible everyone was saying it was crap. Now that they say it sold well everyone is saying it was a great movie blah blah blah

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@spoonybard-hahs I didn't mean a money gained by the film, money is obviously Disney's. But as a popularity growth, those who saw the movie would buy the new game. And I hope that Ubisoft sees this as a good opportunity.

chronolzx
chronolzx

i am glad this title did well at least in the international community if not here in the US.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ TheVGamer How and why would box office sales for a movie translate into better funding for a game? Answer: it doesn't. Forgotten Sands was an obvious movie tie-in, and as history tells us, those tend to suck beyond the telling of it.

5j3553
5j3553

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TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@ThePowerOfHAT I was talking about game! Don't you remember where prince of persia started?

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

The special effects weren't this movie's main issue, VGamer. By all means, I'd argue they were the movie's biggest saving grace.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I never cared for the whole Prince of Persia thing, I never cared about Resident Evil games either until Resident Evil 4.... When the first RE film came out I wasn't a fan of the series but I love that film, I have no desire whatsoever to see The Sands Of Time......I'll wait for the next Pirates Of The Caribbean film....

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

I hope this means investing more money and personnel to develop next Prince of Persia. I mean they could have made better graphics for forgotten sands.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Game based movies don't have to follow the story of the game to be good- The first Resident Evil was a fun flick, even if the Umbrella logo and the 30 seconds it spent in the Spencer mansion were the only things that made it 'Resident Evil'. Mortal Kombat Rebirth looks to be a great adaptation of its source material and it seems like a far cry from MK's silly mythology (people making Street Fighter movies might want to take a cue from that- Fighting games are about iconic characters and action, not story). I still haven't seen Prince of Persia and think that at this point, i'll just check out the dvd/bd of it- but i still think the Gyllenhal as the Prince is horrendous casting. This movie would've been a great place to discover an unknown parkour runner with acting chops of middle eastern decent- there has to be ONE out there, and whoever he was, he was shafted for the Bubble Boy.

HardBUCKSHOT
HardBUCKSHOT

they made there money back. thats all i got to say.

holenjd
holenjd

I enjoyed the movie myself. It wasn't great but it was entertaining.

X-7
X-7

BTW The RE movies were some of the worst movies to follow the story of the games. They're great for zombie killing, but not story wise.

Darnasian
Darnasian

They will ruin the Prince Of Persia franchise! They must have ran out of ideas! LOL!

X-7
X-7

The best game-Movie I have ever seen. I loved it.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well it was really like a children movie sometimes, but i like children movies!

73X
73X

I actually really enjoyed it.

fadi_mekki
fadi_mekki

I watched the movie, and I did like it

the_punkface
the_punkface

cool. I liked the movie. sorry, lara croft

Barighm
Barighm

Great. Just brilliant. Now no studio will ever have a good reason to make a GOOD video game movie. Just throw in some special effects and it will sell tickets just fine....like most special effects movies really.

Incubus420
Incubus420

I saw it and liked it alot. Wasn't over the top and It did a good job of not making everthing CGI.

mike468
mike468

VolcanoMan001 that article was to say that the movie didn't live up to the studios expectations as having the same success as Disney Pirates of the Caribbean series, but it also did say that it was doing well in global sales. The movie might not be such a hit in the US, but apparently it's doing well internationally which is good for a holly wood movie.

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

@VolcanoMan001 Yeah, this isn't the kind of movie that people watch in a single weekend, it grows up slowly. I wouldn't be surprised if the earnings keep going up in the next weeks.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

I don't get it, just a few weeks ago there was a story on here about how the movie was a bust / flop and so on, now it is a great success? I guess a few weeks can make a difference eh?

Denveraic
Denveraic

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TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@Jack_n_Coke07 Critics donot expect the Notebook 2, the Notebook itself received very mixed reviews...what they expect mostly is the next Citizen Kane or Godfather...

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

@JOrdanFX: Well, I don't like to go alone to the movies (it's $8 a person here) so that's already $16. Plus if you want a drink and popcorn, that's another $10-14. That comes to about $30 :P Even without getting anything to drink, it's still too expensive to me.

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

I haven't seen it yet, but it looked good. I still think the first tomb raider and resident evil films were very well done.

JOrdanFX
JOrdanFX

@trumafioso @Marky360 yeah I suppose that makes more sense

SethandJeremy
SethandJeremy

I agree with Jack_n_Coke07. It was a great movie but some people expect it to be the greatest movie ever but its not like its a Toy Story movie which are all great moves but can't out do the first one but hopefully if they make another Prince Of Persia I hope that it blows this one out of the water.