Back in 1993, the first games movie tie-in hit the big screen in the form of Super Mario Bros the movie. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of only 15% fresh, the film was a critical disaster, yet took in a highly respectable $20,915,465 in revenue at the Box Office. Since then, an ever-growing array of games franchises have tried to make the transition to the silver screen, including Doom, Hitman, Max Payne, Resident Evil and Lara Croft:Tomb Raider. Of all games films to date, only the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie ever managed to break through the 50% negative/positive review marker on Metacritic, but still received a desultory 33% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Yet poor critical reception does little to dampen gamers’ appetite for games as movies; estimates indicate the this year’s Warcraft film has grossed in excess of a staggering $413,392,945 so far, and that number is likely to keep on growing. And Warcraft isn’t the only game movie coming out this year; Angry Birds (released in May) raked in over $300million and an Assassins Creed movie tie-in is on the slate for Christmas. A Minecraft film, it’s popularity making it almost an inevitability, is due in 2019.
Particularly of interest to families will be the news of the newly announced Fruit Ninja movie. The official release date is still unknown and concrete details are thin on the ground, but the film is rumoured to be a live-action comedy suitable for all the family, perhaps telling the origin story of how the fruit-destroying fiends came to be? Only time will tell. Fruit Ninja is currently the second most popular game available on the iOS Apple App Store, surpassed in downloads only by Candy Crush, so the movie is sure to have a large and enthusiastic audience, regardless possibly of its eventual…erm…quality.