Warcraft Becomes the Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie of All Time

Didn’t hear much positive feedback from your buddies about the Warcraft movie? If you went, did you feel like you wasted movie ticket money and a Saturday afternoon? You wouldn’t be alone. Critics and moviegoers alike gave it overwhelmingly negative reviews, at least in the U.S.

While so many movies continue to be produced that are based on various upright video game machines from the past along with more recent game titles, it’s surprising to think that Warcraft would rake in more cash than them all, but it happened.

Warcraft Has a Foreign Fan Base

It cost $160 million to make Warcraft, but opening weekend in the U.S. was supremely disappointing. The movie only raked in about $24 million. The second weekend sales declined to $6.5 million. American critics have given the film extremely low rankings, with a 29 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and a “Metascore” of 32 from Metacritic.

So how did Warcraft end up grossing $381 million? The short answer? China. And that answer might not be very surprising, given World of Warcraft, the game’s major popularity in that country.

Moviegoers in China simply loved the film, spending over $200 million on tickets. In total, $339 million – about 90 percent – of Warcraft’s total sales came from overseas moviegoers. Currently, only $41 million came from U.S. sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

While Warcraft currently only ranks at number 14 on the list of domestic video game movies in terms of gross sales, it’s knocked Prince of Persia off the top of the list for worldwide ticket sales for a video game-based movie.

Is a Warcraft Sequel on the Horizon?

Given the massive success of the movie, it is not out of the realm of speculation that a sequel will follow. No official announcement has confirmed this development yet, but that type of worldwide revenue will be hard for Universal Studios to ignore. Director Duncan Jones has stated on Twitter that he is open to directing a sequel, so time will tell if it comes to fruition.