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With hit movies able to surpass the $100 million mark and video games being all the rage, is it any wonder that the two often go together?  Ever since the release of the film adaptations of such games as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, the film world has been searching for that next great franchise.  To help give you a better idea of what’s to come, we have gathered the five video games which were turned into the Top Video Game Movies of all time.

1. Resident Evil
When this horror game about killing your way out of a mansion full of zombies first debuted, no one thought it would be the highest grossing video game franchise of all time.  There are four cinematic film entries starring Milla Jovovich, which have totaled over $500 million in box office sales, and another big screen adventure in the works.  There are also various animated films of the game that are available on DVD.

2. Tomb Raider
Angelina Jolie is perhaps most recognized for her role as Laura Croft from the various Tomb Raider games.  Much like the above, the game often involves fighting your way out of haunted tombs and features a female lead character. The two feature films with Jolie as Croft grossed over $430 million in ticket sales. While they will not be completing a trilogy with Jolie, studios are itching to continue the franchise on the big screen with a new lead actress.

3. Prince of Persia
The old PC game found new life as a movie and in several other gaming platforms.  However, with top notch action producer Jerry Bruckheimer leading the way and Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role, the movie made over $312 million at the box office. This makes it the single highest grossing video game movie of all time.

4. Mortal Kombat
Although the first entry to this film franchise debuted over 15 years ago, it remains one of the top video game films of all time.  The first film made over $122 million at the box office, while the sequel Annihilation made $51 million. This puts its total at over $173 million box office dollars. In addition to the movies, the video game spawned multiple live action series, including a recent web series that starred Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White.

5. Hitman
While some might guess that big name stars, such as The Rock in 2005’s Doom or Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne, might get the fifth spot, it didn’t happen that way.  This 2007 film starred the lesser known Timothy Olphant as Agent 47, who is an assassin for hire.  The film’s total is just under $99 million and barely beat out 1994’s Street Fighter for the fifth spot.  Hitman has had four video games in its series.


This guest article was written by Sara McDowell. She is an avid Gamer and owns and operates the gaming centric site Video Game Design Schools.

Thanks to E3 we have a few more details about the upcoming Tomb Raider game prequel that brings us on Lara Croft’s first adventure. In the game, Croft is a recent college graduate whose boat capsizes do to an unexpected storm and she ends up on a mysterious island. She has to use her brains and survival skills to get off the island and find out what secrets it holds.

The game has been designed with an open environment, which allows players to explore the island and different goals/problems have multiple solutions. As the story progresses, you’ll be able to explore new ares of the island and face new challenges. I love the original game, but have skipped most of the sequels. Yet this really has my interest. I can’t wait to see what else is revealed when the game is showcased at E3 this week.

It will of course be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC  and hits stores in the fall of next year, 2012.

Posted on June 6th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Tomb Raider Prequel Game Details
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New Lara Croft Tomb Raider Actress

With how fast news travels, it is already old news that Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights to the Lara Croft Tomb Raider video game franchise.  The WB has confirmed that their plans will ignore the past two Angelina Jolie Croft films and they will relaunch and completely overhaul the franchise’s film series. Personally I think this is awesome news. Even though Jolie was perfect for the artifact-collecting beauty, the films were sub-par at best. A fresh approach and series is just what they need. And that is going to start with a new actress.

E! Online is reporting that Megan Fox (Transformers) is a front runner for the role, while Ain’t It Cool News is pushing for Rhona Mitra (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) to take over for Jolie.  Megan Fox is a fan favorite and the role could push her into superstar status (not that she isn’t seen that way already by teenage boys world wide).  Mitra would be an interesting choice for the role. AICN reports that she was the original inspiration for the video game version of Lara, which means she fits the part physically and with Doomsday and an Underworld sequel under her belt, she has shown that she can handle the action.

Personally, neither Fox or Mitra would be my number one choice for the role. I’d much rather see Mila Kunis as Lara Croft. Kunis has the right amount of attitude and hotness for Croft, and she has also proven her place in the video game action genre (Max Payne).

What do you think? Who would you like to see take over as Lara Croft?