Resident Evil top Japanese game-based film series

Capcom boasts four of top five spots on revenues chart, but Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li outgrossed by Uwe Boll's House of the Dead.

Capcom has made no secret of its intention to bring its popular franchises to Hollywood, but its initial efforts in that direction have produced some mixed results. The publisher offered some perspective on those attempts in its 2010 annual report, released earlier today.

Capcom cited its own data in saying that its franchises accounted for four of the top five biggest hits based on Japanese games. The first three Resident Evil films were atop the worldwide box office list in reverse order, with Extinction ($147.7 million) leading Apocalypse ($129.4 million) and the original Resident Evil ($102.4 million). The box-office-topping Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D was not included as the revenue totals were only updated as of June.

Taboo from the Black-Eyed Peas wears a mask to hide his identity in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li.

Just behind the survival horror series in fourth place was the original Jean-Claude Van Damme version of Street Fighter. Though critically savaged, the film managed to rake in $99.4 million theatrically, edging out the $97.6 million total of Konami's Silent Hill big-screen adaptation.

Capcom's more recent film based on its flagship fighting franchise was considerably less fortunate. Last year's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li grossed less than $12.8 million worldwide, nestling it in ninth place. Putting that into perspective, Chun Li lost out to Uwe Boll's oft-derided The House of the Dead, which was eighth on the list with $13.8 million earned in its theatrical run. Other games on the list included Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (sixth place, $85.1 million), Super Mario Bros. (seventh place, $20.9 million), and DOA: Dead or Alive (10th place, $7.5 million).

If Capcom hadn't limited its list to Japanese game series, the Resident Evil series would not have fared as well. According to figures from Box Office Mojo, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time would easily top the list with its $335.1 million haul. The original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film took in $274.7 million theatrically worldwide, with the sequel, The Cradle of Life, still besting any Resident Evil film with a $156.5 million global take. Other notable game-based films would also have made the list, with Motal Kombat earning $122.2 million, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation garnering $51.4 million, and Hitman hitting just shy of $100 million.

Capcom said it will continue developing new projects based on its series, "including Hollywood movie adaptations and new theme park attractions." To that end, Capcom is progressing with films based on Onimusha, Lost Planet, and Clock Tower, as well as a new Sengoku Basara-themed stage show and Monster Hunter amusement park installation.

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shyamkishanraju
shyamkishanraju

What a game is Resident Evil 5. Its ok, try to play RE2,3,4. Its better improvement guys.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. Developing an accurate storyline from the game to the screen would likely help in the film's box office success.

pudgexd
pudgexd

I'll just hope RE5(MOVIE) follows greatly RE4(GAME). I really want to see Leon , Ashley , Ada , Krasuer , Wesker , Regenerator , Del Lago and the spider-like last boss :)!

lexluis
lexluis

Still waiting for a good game-based movie, all this movies are try & error I hope one day someone gets it right

xboxFrEak260
xboxFrEak260

Dear Hollywood: Please stop raping our beloved game franchises with these film abominations. Sincerely, The Fans

banditmonkey
banditmonkey

RE 2 movie had zombies popping out of graves. There not undead its a virus, who writes this crap.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

The Resident Evil movies were a lot of fun, although I have yet to see Afterlife as I have no interest in paying the extra money to get a headache from 3D. The other Capcom movies were ok at best IMO. Still, my two favorite game based movies are Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, and Silent Hill. Nonetheless, none of these movies (while still fun to sit through) will ever compare to the Lord of The Rings, Battle of Red Cliff and Patton.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I have them all. There not all gold, but I think there probubly the best game based movies.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

The first Resi film was ok, but the others have cheapend the name of the beloved game series.

1Duy
1Duy

RE3 movie was really lame with skills such as Mana Shield and Telekinesis. Gamers love the series because of horror and violence elements, not because of chicks who can cast magic with their brains.

Vambran
Vambran

RE 1 was the best movie. Have not seen RE 4 yet but looks better than 3 from what i saw of trailers.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

How the hell did the resident evil movies make MORE money as new ones were released? They've been getting worse. The first one was really good and then they just went downhill. I guess the second wasn't too bad but the 3rd was a pile of crap. Havent seen the 4th, didnt even know it was out yet.

Akanoryu769
Akanoryu769

final fantasy spirits within was awesome, much better than most of the crap that comes to theaters.

wexorian
wexorian

actually they are making SH 2 movie it will be in 2011 if imdb is right

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

i have heard good things about resident evil afterlife, ill watch it wen it comes to dvd! and make silent hill 2

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

well silent hill was no doubt, the best video game movie made, and i think if they use the same director for clock tower that movie could be pretty freakin cool, onimusha an lost planet, yeah i want to see how those turn out, i actually like watching video game movies, they may not be the best but there fun to watch!

Proman84
Proman84

None of this data has any meaning since it doesn't take into account ticket price inflation. Also, the keyword here is Japanese (hence no Mortal Kombat or Tomb Raider hits), which, when you think about it, makes the findings both unsuprising and rather limited. In my opinion, the original Street Fighter movie was a ton of fun and much better than all Resident Evil films combined.

elozl
elozl

Oh man this movie sucks and even worse there is going to be a RE5!!! D:

Pete5506
Pete5506

Wow people go and watch these movies?

seraifas
seraifas

Although I enjoy the RE games, I find the movies quite forgettable.

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

And there is a Tekken movie on it's way... Yiiikes! Better stay home ....

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

Only Mortal Kombat, the first Resident Evil and Silent Hill are of the 'better' kind. I loved those movies. For the rest, Street Fighte with JC Van Damme, House Of the Dead,... Awful crap!

Immortal_Zarok
Immortal_Zarok

To be honest I only ever watched House of the Dead for the zombies. But Uwe Boll even ruined that.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Never seen a RE film outside of Degeneration. That was a perfect video game movie. It had the real voice actors, it was CGI so it eliminated the possibility of an actor not looking like the character, and it stayed true to the story. I would love to see a CGI Dead Space movie, or maybe a Mass Effect movie. There are a lot of possibilities, but I think they should all be CGI.

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

Someone should make a good game-based movie. I mean some developers have managed to make good games based on licensed material, so someone ought to do video games justice on the big screen.

fphatman
fphatman

@ kriptik6 Yeah it was a game first. That's why the headline says game-based film series, meaning the movies are based on games.

otanikun
otanikun

Can't wait for the 5th film! Leon Kennedy!

kriptik6
kriptik6

um wasnt resident evil first a game then a movie

BloodMist
BloodMist

Ahh yes, House of the Dead, now THAT is a truly awful, awful movie.Whenever you get all flustered that another video game movie is coming out that will probably not be too good, just remind yourself, there's no way it's gonna be as eye piercingly awful as House of the Dead.

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

@Emerald_Warrior - The movie industry itself. Not all that long ago the same producers, writers and directors of today's comic and game movies looked "down" on them as beneath any serious top billing consideration. Even to this day despite the game industry overtaking the movie industry in overall revenues it is "still" looked down upon during the transtion process to the big screen. You want to know why the Resident Evil movies are so different from the games? Because most who create the movies have little to no respect for the source material or its ability to hold the attention of the average movie goer as-is.. most still feel that only a passing knowledge of some of the game's notable characterisitics is good enough. For most in the movie industry, comics and games are simply another cow to milk.. nothing more nothing less.

Danagan
Danagan

Resident evil afterlife was actually pretty good, actually all of them exept exctinction are ok movies.

shyshyshy
shyshyshy

Don't let the videogame-to-movie low expectancy appeal sway you. Resident Evil 4 may very well be closest a director (Paul Anderson) could bring a videogame ever closer to a movie. And he really translated it very well. At least, PA gave special attention to action scenes catered to our beloved characters especially Claire's battle with The Executioner. Reassess your expectations--of course, movies made from videogames aren't as favourable to the weak eye and the fan eye alike. I guess you've gone accustomed judging these kind of movies with a thumbs down, that you'd readily say it's crap. This is a definite RE translation, believe me. Nothing else comes close.

Emerald_Warrior
Emerald_Warrior

@KingofOldSkool Who was resistant of it? I'm a lifelong comic fan and I fully embrace seeing movie and video game versions of my favorite characters. Most people on the comic forum I frequent get excited about comic-related movie and video game projects as well. As for Resident Evil being on top, awesome. I'm a huge horror fan, especially zombies, and as such I've been a Resident Evil fan since the first game. The films aren't quite as good, but they aren't horrible either. I've seen plenty of horrible zombie films.

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

This list will be completely different in 5-7 years.. because after remaking every damn movie released in the last 30 years(some more than once) and bleeding the novel market dry.. the movie industry has its sights dead set on videogames and comics for the foreseeable future despite all the resistance leading to it.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I thought Mortal Kombat had did better then that. I thought DOA: Dead or Alive was better then House of the Dead. HotD was the worse game to film movie I had ever seen. Only other movie that was worse was Super Mario Bros. Uhgg.. just awful. Hitman was pretty good. I'd watch that one again. I like the Resident Evil series, even though it's predictable.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@xophaser: I wouldn't say it's the direction it's going in, that suggests a slow degradation. I really loved Resi4. No, it's more like a horrifying sharp turn.

akiwak
akiwak

I liked the first Mortal Kombat and can still watch it. The only other movie that was bearable to watch was the first Resident Evil....

xophaser
xophaser

"Is it just me or are these resident evil movies getting worse and worse. Its like with each movie they focus more and more on action and less on the story" Hey Gontheskylord, doesn't that sounds like how the game series is heading toward too.

mission76
mission76

I admit I watched each of the Resident Evils..but I waited until it came out on HBO. I would never imagine a situation where I could actually pay 11+ dollars to see on ein the theather. The first one was ok, the second was the same, and the third was god awful. Now that the main girl, I think her name is Alice (played by Mila Jovinich) is like some psychic from the X-Men comics the fourth looks to be even worse

k_h_a_n
k_h_a_n

resident evil first movie..the best! Other resident evil movies only action, no story, no excitement, resident evil 4 biggest crap!!!

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

Is it just me or are these resident evil movies getting worse and worse. Its like with each movie they focus more and more on action and less on the story. Afterlife's ending insinuates there will be a 5th movie. They better step it up.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Silent Hill's the best of those movies .. and for nostalgia's sake , Mortal Kombat was awesome haha ..

march202002
march202002

Silent Hill was the most faithful and the best based on a video game. Resident Evil 1 through what are they on now, 100? Stink and need to be erased from history. Where's the re-boot of this on film? Some one please restore RE to it's full glory of film.

holenjd
holenjd

I loved Silent Hill and Hitman. RE1 was may favorite and I prefer to imagine number 2 as never happening. Still, Good for them.