Warcraft Passes Prince of Persia to Become No. 1 Video Game Movie Ever at Box Office
$377 million and counting.
Legendary's video game movie Warcraft has unseated 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to become the top-grossing video game movie ever.
The film has now pulled in $377.6 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, besting the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring film. That action movie made $336 million globally during its run. Sitting in the No. 3 position is Sony's Angry Birds movie, which to date has made more than $327 million worldwide.
Warcraft is having a strong showing outside of the US. 90 percent of ticket sales ($339 million) have come from international markets; the film is doing particularly well in China, where it's made more than $200 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to a report, Warcraft had a budget of $160 million, though it's unclear if this also included marketing costs. Whatever the case, director Duncan Jones has in the past talked about ideas for two more Warcraft films, noting that whether or not he gets to make them depends on the success of the first movie.
Warcraft hasn't received the best reviews. Responding to the reaction, Jones said, "If you loved Warcraft, spread the word, or better yet, bring someone new to see it! If not. No worries, but please chill out. It's just a movie."
For more on Warcraft, check out GameSpot's review.
Warcraft was the third major video game movie released this year, following April's Ratchet & Clank and May's Angry Birds Movie. Coming up next is Assassin's Creed, which is scheduled to hit theaters in December.
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