It may have opened just last week here in Australia, but after an international release earlier this month, Warcraft: The Beginning is the highest grossing video game movie of all time.
According to Box Office Mojo, despite a lukewarm domestic US intake of $US38.4 million, the film has a worldwide gross of $US378.4 million. Compared to its $160 million budget, that’s quite a haul, and it owes a large part of its box office success to its Chinese audience, which contributed a staggering $156.8 million. Although given the franchise’s popularity there it is hardly surprising.
Warcraft takes the crown from 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which took $336.3 million worldwide. And for the sake of trivia, and to make you pinch the bridge of your nose, The Angry Birds Movie is coming in third place with $327.6 million.
The Warcraft movie seems to have been a hit with fans but loathed by critics if Metacritic’s numbers are anything to go by. The film stands at a high 8.6 (out of 10) user rating but a low 32 (out of 100) critic score.
I’m yet to see it myself, but am very interested to given I am not well versed or a huge fan of the franchise so I want to see how it appeals to someone like me. Can it stand on its own without in-depth prior knowledge of the series and its lore? I’ll let you know once I find out.
Will the Michael “The Fass” Fassbender led Assassin’s Creed topple Warcraft’s box office success when it launches in December? It might domestically in the US, but Blizzard’s popularity in China will be pretty hard to contend with.