Highest-Grossing Video Game Movies Of All Time
With Sonic 2 doing big business in theaters and many more coming, we're listing off the highest-grossing game movies
2022 kicked off with two high-profile video game movies, Uncharted and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. They are not the first video game adaptations from Hollywood and won't be the last. But where does Sonic 2 and Uncharted rank among the all-time biggest video game movies? In this gallery, we're rounding up the highest-grossing video game films of all time, breaking down box office results by domestic, international, and worldwide figures. That's a notable distinction in some cases. For example, the highest-grossing video game film of all time, Warcraft, bombed in the US ($47.4 million) but did massive numbers in international markets ($391.7 million)–including China–which propelled it to the top of the list by a wide margin.
The top 10 list is made up of massive franchises like Pokemon, Tomb Raider, Angry Birds, and Sonic, just to name a few. Looking ahead, there are a boatload of new video game films in the works.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 highest-grossing video game movies of all time. All box office figures are pulled from Amazon's BoxOfficeMojo.
1: Warcraft (2016)
Legendary and Blizzard teamed up to make a Warcraft movie back in 2016, but development began much earlier and went through several changes before it was released. At one point, Spider-Man's Sam Raimi was attached to direct, but he dropped out due to the working conditions with Blizzard. Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, eventually signed on to direct the fantasy film. It bombed in the US but did massive numbers internationally to pull in $439 million worldwide, putting it at the top of the charts. Jones said he had plans for a trilogy, but the poor box office performance in the US means that will likely never happen.
- Domestic – $47,365,290
- International – $391,683,624
- Worldwide – $439,048,914
2: Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)
Warner Bros. 2019 video game movie Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was a hit with critics and fans alike, and it did big business at the box office to rank as the second-highest grossing video game movie of all time worldwide. It featured the voice of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu and a heartwarming and rollercoaster story involving Pikachu teaming up with a young man, Justice Smith, to find his father. Bill Nighy also starred in the film, which featured incredible CGI pocket monsters and some epic fight scenes, including a showdown with Mewtwo.
- Domestic – $144,174,568
- International – $289,303,033
- Worldwide – $433,477,601
3: Rampage (2018)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starred in 2018's Rampage, an adaptation of the classic video game in which The Rock plays a primatologist who works with a supersized gorilla to fight other massive monsters. Director Peyton Reed and The Rock previously worked together on the movies San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
- Domestic – $101,028,233
- International – $327,000,000
- Worldwide – $428,028,233
4: Uncharted (2022)
The latest video game movie, Sony's Uncharted film starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, blasted off in February to bigtime box office numbers. It had a huge $44 million opening weekend in the US, and has to date earned more than $300 million globally. That's good enough for Sony Pictures CEO Tom Rothman to call Uncharted Sony's next big franchise, suggesting a sequel may be on the way. Director Ruben Fleischer has said he's game for a sequel and has even outlined some of his ideas for a follow-up, including putting Uncharted 4's epic car chase set piece into a potential Uncharted 2.
- Domestic – $146,522,829
- International – $253,100,000
- Worldwide – $401,622,829
5: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 released in April and has become a quick success. It recently surpassed the 2020 original Sonic film to become the highest-grossing video game movie of all time in the US.
Globally, it's not as high on the charts, but it's still performing well enough to become one of the highest-grossing video game movies ever. Unsurprisingly, plans are in motion for a Sonic movie cinematic universe, which will include Sonic 3 and a Knuckles TV series.
- Domestic -- $190,564,388
- International -- $209,451,058
- Worldwide -- $400,015,446
6: The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Rovio's Angry Birds is one of the best-known mobile games of all time, so it was no surprise that it became a movie. Sony Pictures produced the animated film, which boasted an all-star voice cast that featured Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Sean Penn, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage. The screenplay was written by The Simpsons veteran Jon Vitti, and the film was directed by Disney animation veterans Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly. A sequel was released in 2019, but it performed considerably worse, bringing in about $148 million.
- Domestic – $107,509,366
- International – $244,824,563
- Worldwide – $352,333,929
7: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Disney produced 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan. The rest of the cast included Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Gemma Artertron, and Toby Kebbel. The movie, which is based on Ubisoft's popular series, was directed by Mike Newell, who previously directed Four Weddings and Funeral as well as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Similar to Warcraft, it made the bulk of its money from foreign markets, pulling in $245.6 million, or 73% of its worldwide total ($336.4 million), from markets outside the US.
- Domestic – $90,759,676
- International – $245,606,000
- Worldwide – $336,365,676
8: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
After controversies surrounding its character models being… not so good, the Sonic the Hedgehog came to the big screen in 2020 and was generally well-received and made a lot of money. The film features Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, with Jim Carrey playing the evil Dr. Robotnik. The success of the film led Paramount to quickly greenlight a sequel, which comes to theaters in April, featuring Knuckles and Tails, in addition to the returning cast.
- Domestic – $148,974,665
- International – $170,741,018
- Worldwide – $319,715,683
9: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil movie series wrapped up with 2016's appropriately titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which once again starred his partner, Mila Jovovich, in the lead role. In total, Anderson's Resident Evil films, which are inspired by Capcom's scary longrunning zombie video game series, have made more than $1 billion at the box office. Anderson and Jovovich stayed in business with Capcom after The Final Chapter, as they made the Monster Hunter movie in 2020.
- Domestic – $26,830,068
- International – $285,412,558
- Worldwide – $312,242,626
10: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
The second Resident Evil movie to rank in the top 10 all-time highest-grossing video game movies, Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife, based on Capcom's video game series, was released in 2010. Anderson returned to direct the film after stepping away from the series to direct Alien vs. Predator and work on other projects. Mila Jovovich starred as Alice, with a cast that also included Kim Coates, Wentworth Miller, and Shawn Roberts.
- Domestic – $60,128,566
- International – $240,099,518
- Worldwide – $300,228,084
11: Tomb Raider (2018)
After multiple films starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander took on the role of Lara Croft in the 2018 film from The Wave director Roar Uthaug. The film was partly inspired by Crystal Dynamics' 2013 reboot, telling an origin story for the character. Croft is trying to solve the mystery of her father's (Dominic West) disappearance. The film also starred Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie made the bulk of its money ($216.4 million; 78.8%) from international markets, with just $58.25 million from the US. A sequel is now said to be in the works, but whether or not it ever gets made remains to be seen.
- Domestic – $58,250,803
- International – $216,400,000
- Worldwide – $274,650,803