Warcraft Has Made More Money than Any Other Video Game Movie

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Warcraft Has Made More Money than Any Other Video Game Movie

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The Warcraft movie is now the most successful video game film ever made.

Despite being roundly panned by critics (A 32 on Metacritic and a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes), the Warcraft movie has now made more money than any other video game movie in history. Since 2010, that record has been held by Prince of Persia, which grossed $336 million. That has finally been surpassed, as Warcraft has now grossed $377 million worldwide.

The ticket sales numbers come from Box Office Mojo, which notes that Warcraft's revenues fell 73% on its second weekend. That is the third-largest second weekend drop for a movie in over 3,000 theaters. Only 2009's Friday the 13th and Fifty Shades of Grey fell harder.

Roughly $200 million of the Warcraft total comes from China, where the movie has been much more well received. Our own Cinemarter said of the movie, "It's not bad enough to say 'don't see it,' but it's also not likely worth your time unless you're already a fan of the games."

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Man, this could have just been another video game fail movie, but no. China had to come and get all excited and watch it. Fricken boo.

Honestly, 29% isn't t h a t bad. It's not great, but it does mean that roughly a third of the audience liked it.

I do wonder what the Chinese see in it.

That's not even a "Ohh, how can they like that garbage" snipe. I'm genuinely curious.

Maybe the translators wrote better dialogue or something.

Well As someone who hasn't seen the movie but is a fan of the Warcraft story and lore I hope this means that they can make more and get to some of the better stories that the world has. (the original "Warcraft: Orcs and Humans" is pretty shallow as far as story is concerned.)

Queen Michael:
Honestly, 29% isn't t h a t bad. It's not great, but it does mean that roughly a third of the audience liked it.

Roughly a third of the critics*

From personal experience, a lot of my friends thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and looking at Metacritic, there are 411 positive user reviews, with only 33 mixed and 34 negative. The difference is probably that users and people like my friends are all fans of Blizzard games, or at least gamers in general. Critics are not.

The issue with videogame movies is that videogame universe are often designed so that they can be conveyed over a long span of gameplay (let's say 10 hours for a small game, 90 hours for a lengthy game). whereas movies need to try and throw as much information as it can within the space of 3 hours maximum. This means that it's hard to really appreciate what a video game movie is trying to get across if you're not already a fan of the said game.

I've not seen the Warcraft movie, so I don't know if it's good or bad, but it definitely seems like critics hate it much more than the general pop. And honestly, at the end of the day, a movie critic ends up just being an individual with an opinion.

What's sad is that some of the best video game movies (Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, Animal Crossing) go completely unnoticed or even unreleased in the west. IMO, Animal Crossing in particular can hold its own against most of Studio Ghibli's output in terms of pure heart (though not animation quality, even if it is a pretty movie), and manages to be faithful to the game in the best possible way.

But let's keep making cynical AAA blockbusters because they're easy to market and will succeed even if they suck.

P.S. Thanks

Kibeth41:

From personal experience, a lot of my friends thoroughly enjoyed the movie

They actually said or implied 'thoroughly'? I also agree that it's not as bad as the critics would suggest and liked it well enough, but "thoroughly" is a bit of a stretch.

Jadak:

Kibeth41:

From personal experience, a lot of my friends thoroughly enjoyed the movie

They actually said or implied 'thoroughly'? I also agree that it's not as bad as the critics would suggest and liked it well enough, but "thoroughly" is a bit of a stretch.

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Their opinions ranged from "pretty good" to "excellent", the latter is pretty synonymous with "thoroughly enjoyed"

The only positives I can see from a mediocre/bad movie being successful is that; 1) The studio at least made their money back, and 2) this means we'll get sequels and we can hope the sequels are better. I'm really hoping that by the WarCraft III movie(s) they finally get everything together and we get decent movies.

The other positive about this movie specifically making money is that it made its money from China, so now we're going to start seeing more Chinese-centric films, which will be a huge plus to America (I can only think of Kung Fu Panda with a Chinese Focus this year) and the film industry.

Heh, the people from that Warcraft movie thread will be happy, lack of commercial success leading to no sequels was the big worry but seems like people are going to see this film regardless.

Never realized warcraft was so big in china though, then again, I don't know much about chinese culture to begin with.

The thing that surprises me the most is how often i hear about people that are NOT into Warcraft, and yet enjoyed this movie.

Maybe it just is one of these movies that critics love to shit on, but general audience have fun with, like Kung Pow for example... don't know if i should be glad or worried.

MrCalavera:
...like Kung Pow for example...

There are people who actually enjoyed that movie??? It was so bad I have almost entirely blocked out all memory of it. It was just horrible.

Good for them I guess?

If this can translate into them making better sequels, then I'm fine with it.

Hopefully we'll eventually get a "Warcraft III" film out of this, then. Though even with China's support it doesn't look like it'll make a whole lot of money compared to budget + marketing etc.

As someone who has seen the movie, I'm mixed. Very mixed.

I left my more detailed thoughts on the movie itself in Mater's review article, so I'll compress my thoughts here to:

a) I enjoyed the film, as flawed as it was (very, VERY flawed), so this is good in that it might greenlight a sequel. A better sequel.

b) But this is still a case of "crap selling." Not that the movie was crap, but it's by no means better than Prince of Persia, or better than the multitude of actually "good" movies I've seen in cinemas this year (about ten "good," two "excellent")

c) I'm also reminded of the Transformers and Resident Evils movies selling well. Warcraft is still a cut above them, but at least with Resident Evil, successive sequels resulted in successive drops in quality.

d) Doesn't help me that the film ends on blatant sequel bait.

e) And yet, I wouldn't mind the next two proposed films, adapting Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal respectively. I know, everyone wants Reign of Chaos adapted, but I can't see that being done in one movie, since the whole game effectively changes protagonists with each campaign. Not that I'd say "no" to said adaptation, but walk before you can run and all that.

f) So, fine, I'll take a second movie, under the proviso that it's an improvement.

Excelent, with any luck this means we might get another with a bit more budget and expertise afforded to it.

Listen, so long as they make a sequel where the dialogue between the human characters flows a little better, I'm down with it. I saw it yesterday and LOVED it (man the orcs were great) but... yeah, wow, someone needs to rework that dialogue.

And make the exposition a little easier to swallow. Fuck me, that was awkward sometimes with the 'Oh yes he's this guy, ruler of asshole land'. I know it's an adaption of Warcraft 1 which was FULL of awkward exposition, but still. Damn.

...And quit having characters who exist just for fanservice taking up so much screentime. At the end of the movie I was legitimately thinking 'Either give Hellscream some fucking lines or get him out of the way, by the titans he's been on screen more than Durotan'.

So, you know, cool that they made good money off this then. Thank god for that. But damn, give me more orcs in the next one, or at least less-obvious fan pandering that's to the detriment of the story.

Wrex Brogan:
...And quit having characters who exist just for fanservice taking up so much screentime. At the end of the movie I was legitimately thinking 'Either give Hellscream some fucking lines or get him out of the way, by the titans he's been on screen more than Durotan'.

Hellscream? I only spotted him once towards the end. Then again, apparently Kargath and/or Kilrogg were also spotted, so maybe I'm just blind.

Honestly, I think that was the best choice. You have to deal with Durotan, Draka, Gul'dan, Garona, Orgrim, and Blackhand, as your major orc characters, along with setting up Go'el/Thrall. Taking this as an adaptation of Orcs and Humans, Blackhand, Garona, and Orgrim are pretty much obliged to be there, and given the timeframe, Durotan and Draka are more or less obliged as well. Considering that Grom didn't appear in the games until Beyond the Dark Portal, giving him a cameo now rather than squeezing him in seems like the best choice. The movie's already stretching it in regards to how many characters it sets up, and of all those characters I listed, only Garona and Orgrim have distinct character arcs in the scope of the movie.

Hawki:

Wrex Brogan:
...And quit having characters who exist just for fanservice taking up so much screentime. At the end of the movie I was legitimately thinking 'Either give Hellscream some fucking lines or get him out of the way, by the titans he's been on screen more than Durotan'.

Hellscream? I only spotted him once towards the end. Then again, apparently Kargath and/or Kilrogg were also spotted, so maybe I'm just blind.

Honestly, I think that was the best choice. You have to deal with Durotan, Draka, Gul'dan, Garona, Orgrim, and Blackhand, as your major orc characters, along with setting up Go'el/Thrall. Taking this as an adaptation of Orcs and Humans, Blackhand, Garona, and Orgrim are pretty much obliged to be there, and given the timeframe, Durotan and Draka are more or less obliged as well. Considering that Grom didn't appear in the games until Beyond the Dark Portal, giving him a cameo now rather than squeezing him in seems like the best choice. The movie's already stretching it in regards to how many characters it sets up, and of all those characters I listed, only Garona and Orgrim have distinct character arcs in the scope of the movie.

Yeah, Hellscream, Kargath and Kilrogg were all over the orc scenes - often in the background, but they were in damn-near every scene where Blackhand was (so things like inside Gul'dan's tent, during several of the battlescenes, you get to see them fight in the final battle moment as well). Hellscream's easier to see since you just try to spot the Gorehowl.

I understand why they weren't involved - it's a character dense movie already - it's just... yeah, the way they were framed made it look like they were going to be important to the story at hand? Like, as a fan I'm sitting there going 'hey yeah, it's that guy!' and know all about their lore, but outside of being a fan it was... very noticeable, but without having that knowledge of the lore it's like 'Who is that tall orc with the sweet axe, and why is he in so many scenes? He's clearly being framed as more significant than the background orcs and has a noticeable model, but he's not... doing anything, what gives film makers?'.

I dunno. Could've given him at least one line or something or have someone like Gul'dan or Blackhand address the other Chieftains directly just to give non-fans a clue as to who all these characters are and why they've got so much focus for being in the background. Just something other than blatant fan-pandering.

I'm going to the cinema later today with a group of friends.
Not having too high hopes, just hoping to enjoy a Warcraft story on the big screen :D

Zhukov:
I do wonder what the Chinese see in it.

That's not even a "Ohh, how can they like that garbage" snipe. I'm genuinely curious.

Maybe the translators wrote better dialogue or something.

China heavily censors foreign movies that are not pro-Chinese. If they even show them at all. The Chinese citizenry are bored with all the propaganda movies their own industry churns out (Jackie Chan's later movies are very heavy handed), so when movies about giant robots and Orcs come over, they flock to the cinemas to see something that they would deem entertaining by comparison.

Did it earn enough to pay off the budget after all other expenses are accounted for? That is what I'm curious about(that and why its so popular in china).

Wrex Brogan:
Listen, so long as they make a sequel where the dialogue between the human characters flows a little better, I'm down with it. I saw it yesterday and LOVED it (man the orcs were great) but... yeah, wow, someone needs to rework that dialogue.

And make the exposition a little easier to swallow. Fuck me, that was awkward sometimes with the 'Oh yes he's this guy, ruler of asshole land'. I know it's an adaption of Warcraft 1 which was FULL of awkward exposition, but still. Damn.

...And quit having characters who exist just for fanservice taking up so much screentime. At the end of the movie I was legitimately thinking 'Either give Hellscream some fucking lines or get him out of the way, by the titans he's been on screen more than Durotan'.

So, you know, cool that they made good money off this then. Thank god for that. But damn, give me more orcs in the next one, or at least less-obvious fan pandering that's to the detriment of the story.

Its a shame that it seems the humans are so shallow and awkward as you say because all the orcs is what keeps me away from the movie. After years of blizzard cramming orcs into everything and Thrall-SuperOrcman-WorldShaman, my first reaction to orcs being a focus is to feel like throwing up. >.>

Yeah that sick and tired of orcs.

Halyah:
Its a shame that it seems the humans are so shallow and awkward as you say because all the orcs is what keeps me away from the movie. After years of blizzard cramming orcs into everything and Thrall-SuperOrcman-WorldShaman, my first reaction to orcs being a focus is to feel like throwing up. >.>

Yeah that sick and tired of orcs.

In the Orcs defense, they're actually pretty interesting when it's not about Thrall (unpopular opinion time: LOVED all the lore-stuff that went down in WoD, but man, fuck everything to do with Thrall), and the Orcs in the movie are good (helps that they've got really good actors as well, and their animation is downright beautiful during fight scenes), and since Thrall's just a baby everything isn't drowned by the sheer volume of his Mary Sueness.

The human actors are pretty good too, it's just... yeah, man, really could've done a once-over with the script. The movie *does* get better later on, but early in it feels like nobody is really familiar with their characters and the dialogue is just far too exposition heavy, which drags it down. I get why since they're establishing a lot of shit, but damn, they could've done a lot better with it. King Llane and Lothar do well though, and thankfully they're the major focus for the human characters after the mid-way point.

Even for those sick of Orcs I do still give this a recommendation, since... well, there's no Thrall in it. Technically. He's like, two weeks old, so he's not becoming the Firstborn of the Titans or whatever the fuck is his next power-up.

Wrex Brogan:

Halyah:
Its a shame that it seems the humans are so shallow and awkward as you say because all the orcs is what keeps me away from the movie. After years of blizzard cramming orcs into everything and Thrall-SuperOrcman-WorldShaman, my first reaction to orcs being a focus is to feel like throwing up. >.>

Yeah that sick and tired of orcs.

In the Orcs defense, they're actually pretty interesting when it's not about Thrall (unpopular opinion time: LOVED all the lore-stuff that went down in WoD, but man, fuck everything to do with Thrall), and the Orcs in the movie are good (helps that they've got really good actors as well, and their animation is downright beautiful during fight scenes), and since Thrall's just a baby everything isn't drowned by the sheer volume of his Mary Sueness.

The human actors are pretty good too, it's just... yeah, man, really could've done a once-over with the script. The movie *does* get better later on, but early in it feels like nobody is really familiar with their characters and the dialogue is just far too exposition heavy, which drags it down. I get why since they're establishing a lot of shit, but damn, they could've done a lot better with it. King Llane and Lothar do well though, and thankfully they're the major focus for the human characters after the mid-way point.

Even for those sick of Orcs I do still give this a recommendation, since... well, there's no Thrall in it. Technically. He's like, two weeks old, so he's not becoming the Firstborn of the Titans or whatever the fuck is his next power-up.

Thrall is Metzens author avatar so him being so bleh isn't surprising. He's a black hole in the setting, nothing else. Only ones worse is Me'dan.

I played the horde side of WoD and to be honest... it was boring. It didn't catch my interest in the slightest. The only stuff of interest was background on how the clans were different prior to them messing themselves up(and with WoD we know they weren't much better before the demon blood was passed around like juice). It still didn't hold my interest for long however. I like the draenei stuff a lot more while I'm soured and bored to tears on anything orc related. There's just been too much focus on them over the years(and so much of it has been bad, then Cata happened and I left horde side).

Plus the CGI just looks so fake(especially when its next to real people) and my mind can't overlook it no matter how I try. Garona looking the worst out the real ones(granted likely because the green skin is a post-production effect or maybe its the tusks, I don't know). It might just be my CGI tolerance is at an all time low. I'll wait and see for when someone in the family picks it up at the store at one point. Hopefully I won't be sick of orcs anymore at that point(but I doubt it) as I'll end up being massively unfair to it if I still am. Better to wait 'til then.

Sidenote: Fuck thrall, fuck sylvanas, fuck wrathion, fuck anduin, fuck malfurion, fuck med'an. I think that should cover the still alive author avatars.

EDIT: Can't comment much on the human actors I admit. Their stuff looked a bit too shiny, but thats about it.

The Warcraft movie's biggest failing was the clunky exposition up front. I firmly believe that's why it gets all the hate; people get lost in all the names/pacing, lose interest, and then the rest of the movie is just a blatant cgi fest for them. For the people who know most of the names already or who are at least invested enough to keep up, even though it's still a slog at points, the movie really pays itself off with great action and some good character interaction.

I really do hope they make more of these movies because I believe they will be much better if just for the simple fact that there will be fewer characters and less exposition to throw at the audience. If they are going to mirror the original story thread then they need one more movie to setup the orcs defeat so that Thrall can lead them to freedom in the 3rd movie. Then, if that is all successful, we might get the Lich King movie (trilogy?) everyone wants. I'm not holding my breath, but I'll cross my fingers.

Halyah:

Sidenote: Fuck thrall, fuck sylvanas, fuck wrathion, fuck anduin, fuck malfurion, fuck med'an. I think that should cover the still alive author avatars.

What's with all the Thrall hating? Granted I'm a classic Warcraft fan, following the RTS games up into the first few expansions of WoW, so maybe they really messed him up after that or in the books... but he was awesome in War3. Admittedly I really did lose interest in him when he stepped down as the Warchief and became some Shaman hobo.

Oh but you take that back about Sylvanas. That's my queen you're talking about. I love the undead... frequently.

COMaestro:

MrCalavera:
...like Kung Pow for example...

There are people who actually enjoyed that movie??? It was so bad I have almost entirely blocked out all memory of it. It was just horrible.

I LOVE Kung Pow! I have a bit from the movie as my ring tone. I have killed myself laughing just watching clips from that movie more times than I can count. So funny.

Synigma:

What's with all the Thrall hating? Granted I'm a classic Warcraft fan, following the RTS games up into the first few expansions of WoW, so maybe they really messed him up after that or in the books... but he was awesome in War3. Admittedly I really did lose interest in him when he stepped down as the Warchief and became some Shaman hobo.

As someone who follows WoW without playing it (yeah, played the RTS games, still read the novels, browse Wowpedia, but barely play the actual game, go figure), I think it's down to the fact that once leaving the Horde, Thrall's status was elevated significantly, as he became the new Aspect of Earth. From what I heard, some players resented this in Cataclysm, as Thrall was "the guy" who defeated Deathwing alongside the other dragon aspects. Alliance players were unable to relate to him as well, supposedly.

Moving on, Thrall is also arguably responsible for Garrosh, putting him in charge of the Horde. So, those who hate Garrosh blame Thrall in part for that. Those who loved Garrosh hate Thrall for killing him in Mak'gora, and with shaman magic no less. That's a very broad generalization, but that's the vibe I've picked up over the year.

The last type of complaint I've heard is that Thrall's story is done, yet he's still in the spotlight. This being a setting where Cairne was replaced by Baine, Varian's died and been succeeded by Anduin, Lor'themar is leading the blood elves long after the death of Kael, yet Thrall, one of the oldest characters in the setting, is still around. Oh, and he's arguably Chris Metzen's avatar, but that isn't an inherent negative - Church was pretty much Burnie Burns in Red vs. Blue, Tyrion is arguably George R. Martin, Hermione arguably J.K. Rowling, etc.

Synigma:
Oh but you take that back about Sylvanas. That's my queen you're talking about. I love the undead... frequently.

I hope you're right clicking. ^_^

Synigma:

Halyah:

Sidenote: Fuck thrall, fuck sylvanas, fuck wrathion, fuck anduin, fuck malfurion, fuck med'an. I think that should cover the still alive author avatars.

What's with all the Thrall hating? Granted I'm a classic Warcraft fan, following the RTS games up into the first few expansions of WoW, so maybe they really messed him up after that or in the books... but he was awesome in War3. Admittedly I really did lose interest in him when he stepped down as the Warchief and became some Shaman hobo.

Oh but you take that back about Sylvanas. That's my queen you're talking about. I love the undead... frequently.

Hawki explained some of it, but you'd be better off looking for one of the many people who's written why he sucks to get something that'd be a bit more coherent than what I'd write.

As for Sylvanas, she can go jump off a cliff into a pit of acid filled with firebreathing acid sharks. Sylvanas is nothing but an abhorrent monster who's given the karma houdini treatment by the writers. She had promise at one point, but Cata and onwards she's a lost cause that knowing the kind of schmucks blizzard hires, she'll be magically absolved of every single thing she's done. Thats all I'll say about that as I've had this discussion so many times with many others now that I'll stop here since the topic doesn't put me in a mood condusive to debate and discussion.

Hawki:

Synigma:
Oh but you take that back about Sylvanas. That's my queen you're talking about. I love the undead... frequently.

I hope you're right clicking. ^_^

He'd be better off finding someone that at least wasn't a rotting corpse to right click to. >.>

Hawki:

The last type of complaint I've heard is that Thrall's story is done, yet he's still in the spotlight. This being a setting where Cairne was replaced by Baine, Varian's died and been succeeded by Anduin, Lor'themar is leading the blood elves long after the death of Kael, yet Thrall, one of the oldest characters in the setting, is still around. Oh, and he's arguably Chris Metzen's avatar, but that isn't an inherent negative - Church was pretty much Burnie Burns in Red vs. Blue, Tyrion is arguably George R. Martin, Hermione arguably J.K. Rowling, etc.

There's also the fact that from "Cataclysm" onwards he's become an omnipotent Green Jesus who's absolutely perfect in every way and he's not wrong in anything he says or does.

Halyah:

Hawki:
*snip*

So basically what I'm getting from both of you is: Cataclysm ruined everything. Or more specifically the writing for that expansion completely ruined all the remaining characters up to that point. Guess it's a good thing that's when I stopped playing.

That is sad though. I loved Sylvanas as a great fallen character; Stripped of her soul by Frostmourne and filled to the brim with rage from her servitude to Arthas. She was truly as monsterous on the inside as her twisted undead form on the outside.

I love villains like that though, like Mr Freeze from Batman, the kind of villain that you'd shed a tear for... if they weren't trying to murder you and everyone you love.

Well if they ever make it into a cinematic form or get remade in some way hopefully they won't ruin them next time. (Also, Thrall + Jaina for life)

Worgen:
Man, this could have just been another video game fail movie, but no. China had to come and get all excited and watch it. Fricken boo.

At this point, being shown in China is the equivalent of easy mode for movies.

No matter the quality of the movie, if it premieres in China, it doubles its box office. Even worked for Transformers 3 and Man of Steel.

I'm a fan of Warcraft but here's the problem, I also like good movies. So I wasn't thrilled.

Good I'm glad. It was a good, not great, but good movie. I enjoyed and I'm pleased to see it's doing well.

Synigma:
I loved Sylvanas as a great fallen character; Stripped of her soul by Frostmourne and filled to the brim with rage from her servitude to Arthas.

Other way around. She was stripped of her body and was bound to servitude as a banshee. She got better.

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