Update: It looks like Uncharted has made back its enormous production budget, with Box Office Report pegging the film's global take at around ~$132.2 million through Sunday, following its launch in Europe last week and North America this week. All in all it's a surprisingly astronomical early figure for the film, which now looks poised to make a tidy profit for Sony Pictures.
According to early reports, Uncharted hauled $44.16 million in its three-day opening weekend in North America, outperforming estimates, with President's Day still likely to add substantially to that tally through Monday. In other words, a sequel is looking extremely likely right now.
Original Story: Uncharted got off to a strong start in Europe last week, and it’s looking like its opening weekend in the United States and Canada will be similarly robust. Deadline reports that its opening is exceeding expectations, and is potentially trending towards $45 million through Monday, which includes President’s Day. In fact, optimistic analysts believe that number could yet cross $50 million, making it comfortably the biggest film of the long weekend.
It’s worth noting that the movie cost $120 million to produce, and therefore needs to be a hit in order to make back its investment. But the early indications are positive, and there may yet be hope for the sequel teased in the film’s post credits scene. It’s a particularly positive result for Tom Holland, whose Spider-Man: No Way Home recently unseated Avatar as the third highest-grossing domestic release in history.
Despite being in development hell for a decade, we liked the film overall in our Uncharted movie review – even if we aren’t convinced it’ll attract new fans to Naughty Dog’s franchise: “It will sit neatly alongside Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider as a perfectly serviceable adaptation – perhaps with questionable casting. But if the film fails to grow the franchise and stumbles at fulfilling existing fans, then is PlayStation Productions really serving its purpose here?”
I'm looking forward to seeing it but don't expect it to hold a candle to the games.
It’s just not Drake. Could have stuck Farrell or Hardy in there
Watch Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City before you watch this, the Uncharted movie will seem like a masterpiece.
I'm set to see it to see it today with my nephew. Hoping it's at least a fun time!
@Kanji-Tatsumi I dunno, the Resi movie was rubbish in a good way. Uncharted just felt quite sterilised like the Star Wars sequels.
@Korgon it’s not exactly like the games but it’s still a fun movie. I really enjoyed it. Make sure you stick around for the extra scenes in the credits 😁
If I wanted to watch Uncharted I'd watch a playthrough of it on YouTube or just play it so this is a no for me and Tom Holland still just doesn't fit the character.
@SystemAddict Will Farrell? Cause that would have been an inspired casting choice! Him as Drake... Almost would have been as good as Fillion!
Big fan of the games, and I enjoyed it. My sister has never played the games, she enjoyed it. Think that's a good result.
@PhantomMenace84 hah yeh. Give the drummer some
Cool sounds like a fun time. I actually generally prefer when they don't follow the source material 100% so I'm actually pretty happy to hear that! Also I appreciate the heads-up not to leave before the credits roll.
Haven't got to see it yet but I'm looking forward to it. Not expecting it to be anywhere as good as the games but hopefully still enjoyable enough to be it's own thing and as a reminder how great the games are.
I just wish they didn't have Tom Holland or Mark Wahlberg as they are better known for other movies. When I look at Tom I see Spider-Man. I just wish they picked actors that are less known for something so big and remember him as that's the guy that played Nathan Drake in Uncharted.
I think it would be good to see more Uncharted movies going forward the same as we see Tomb Raider but stick with better actor choices that are more suited to the role. They don't need to look like Drake in the game, just look and feel like it's Drake in the movie without thinking that's Spider-Man
Just back from seeing it and better than expected, the 4dx definitely added quite a bit though
@Deljo Oh man, I wish I'd seen this in 4DX.
I do want to see this as it looks like one of the better game movies despite smashing the games together. However the whole 'sully gets a cat' teaser really gave me the fear. I can see why they had to take all the games ideas coz the original ones they had seem tripe lol
What is 4DX. Sorry I'm old and literally never heard of it.
@Uncharted2007 doesn't really matter, pointless comparing the two. There's not a single film adapted from a book that could ever compete with the book. Wouldn't be reasonable to expect a 2-3 hour film to compare to a book or game you've spent tens of hours immersed in.
The backlash to this movie is absolutely idiotic. Why cast a 50 year old as a 20-something? That makes no sense
I can't stand the people who give Resident Evil raccoon City a pass by saying that it intentionally had poor production quality and was intentionally bad in order to achieve a campy vibe. Stop. The Uncharted movie certainly isn't a masterpiece but it at least has quality production value and is a good time. If Uncharted was not in the title this movie would be 10 to 15 points higher on Metacritic. It's vastly superior to the likes of the original Tomb Raider and national treasure films. Well it's still doesn't hold a candle to Indiana Jones it is a more than serviceable treasure hunting adventure that audiences will enjoy. Hardcore Uncharted snobs will never accept it and even myself to a degree is disappointed in the casting and script but the movie isn't garbage. It's no worse than any other highly produced popcorn action flick.
@get2sammyb it was good and this type of movie is perfect for it, only got a spray of water at the end which was a bonus 😀
@gingerfrog it's billed as more immersive cinema and it was good for this type of movie. Your seat moves (quite a bit during the action scenes) and there's wind and rain etc. In movies like frozen 2 there's snow falling in the cinema too. Its definitely worth a go if you have one close although we were going out for dinner afterwards so glad there was only a little water near the end, it comes out of the seat in front of you in a mist and you can turn it off if you really want
Just like the Ratchet & Clank movie it's disheartening to see hardcore gaming fans react with so much venom. These films aren't masterpieces but they do nothing to hurt the source material and if you love the IP it's still a good time to see references from the games you enjoy.
I think Tom Holland would have been perfect if they continued the story from the Uncharted 3 flashbacks but as a mature Nathan Drake he just isn't suited. Regardless, we have all had time to process this and I'm generally over it. I accept that the casting and script are not what I wanted and I can absolutely enjoy the movie for what it is. A highly produced and solid action flick with Uncharted references.
This film was in development hell for years so just the fact that Sony is able to produce a serviceable and successful film is a win despite hardcore Uncharted snobs being disappointed. Moviegoers are enjoying it and it's filling seats.
no, it is not looking like a hit. those are piss poor numbers and don't even account for marketing costs (or the ten years of delays that this production edured). the film would need to gross double its production budget (to a figure of $240m) to break even. pushsquare should consider changing the headline here because this is not looking like a "hit" in any regard — critically or commercially.
@Porco These are great numbers! Spider-Man: No Way Home opened with about $92 million, so this being predicted at over half that is exceeding expectations — especially when this isn't a Marvel movie!
That’s surprising. I’m a big Uncharted fan and have ZERO interest in seeing it.
Uncharted will be the most succesful movie based on a video game. Playstation Entertainment is a good thing for our beloved platform. Spidey and Uncharted success can help Playstation brand grow even more.
@Kanji-Tatsumi I really liked welcome to raccoon city. Clearly, it was technically bad, but I enjoyed it. In fact I like video game movies as long as they remind me of the games I like and are watchable.
I'm really pleased that this movie is a success. I'd love to see videogame movies hitting big. Hopefully they can take over dumb superhero movies.
The actor are miscast for the film I think, tom and mark are unlike nate and sully in the game, tom holland looks to clean and young to be nathan drake.
I enjoyed it. Felt like an Uncharted plot, with some solid action pieces. The credits scene make me interested in a second one for sure.
I went in expecting less. Also went in thinking I’d be one of the few people there. I had to sit down front with my kids because all the other seats were taken. Packed theatre on Thursday night.
I just got back from seeing it and wow I actually quite enjoyed it! Is it a masterpiece? Of course not but it had some great action scenes and Tom Holland and Mark Walberg had surprisingly good chemistry. Here's to hoping for a sequel!
@get2sammyb what? Where did you get those numbers?
Just saw it in D-Box seats. Really cool. It was a fun popcorn movie, and while I was initially skeptical of the casting I think all the actors fit their respective roles quite nicely.
@Korgon I'm glad you had fun! Did your nephew enjoy the movie too?
He did indeed! He liked it enough to want to borrow the Uncharted collection from me so I'd say the Tom Holland casting did its job for him.
@Porco those numbers are good for a domestic opening weekend, especially when it was projected to make $30 million. Provided it has any legs, it should be on it's way to a $300 million international box office at least.
I don't think the 10 year pre-production really adds as much to the cost as you're suggesting either. I don't think things ever went any further than some script drafts, and I'd be surprised if any of the previous directors and actors got paid for work that they never did.
@get2sammyb Except @Porco is right. The film will have to clear around $250 million to break even and this opening weekend isn't anywhere near where they would need to be to achieve that. Most movies drop by 50% in the second week and even more if there is negative word of mouth. The original $30 million was based around the terrible reviews and breaking that low number isn't the sign of a hit even though Sony PR will probably say otherwise.
Think of it this way. If I expect my child to fail a Calculus test and they get a D, should I start filling out applications for MIT?
Also, Sonic banked $70 million on the same weekend when it released. Perspective.
I wonder, are the value of the "free tickets" being included in these figures? I suspect that's mostly who went to see it, or a big portion anyway, along with the Holland stans. Predicting a considerable drop off.
@Grimwood I dont understand the massive hate towards the Tombraider movie i had a lot of watching it with my dad.
@Flaming_Kaiser I, too, greatly enjoyed it. The hate bandwagon for the movie was too tempting for many people to miss.
So in other words the films a success, glad to hear it and look forward to watching it myself.
Also if anyone's interested Tom Holland was included in a jack septiceye video on YouTube which was a good watch, mainly tom Holland talking about the film whilst playing the game
Mediocre. But this is what i can say about every tv series/movie that was inspired by games. Arcane was the only good experience i had in this category.
cant wait to see this , tom Holland too young Nathan fillion too old lol
i love tom holland and nathan fillion shows.
been waiting on this since the 00's. Robert de niro , mark walberg and joe pesci was gona be in this to back then lol
mark as sully yea he can work that to.
this show is gona be great a great cast.
@Flaming_Kaiser For me it was the actress. I liked Vikander in Ex Machina but she‘s too ordinary to play someone as interesting and larger than life as Lara.
They tried a bit too hard to make her relatable too. Like, she’s poor, she can’t afford her boxing lessons and she has to deliver take-out food on a bike. She also steals apples just so she can eat and has a creepy relationship with her dad.
Old Lara was affluent, well educated and had a passion for archaeology. But mostly she enjoyed her adventures and was fun. Jolie really nailed it, even though her movies weren’t perfect either. At least she was a Lara we could root for.
We need this Lara back (games and movies).
Saw it last night and liked it! Theater was almost sold out too. I think they made the right call having Tom Holland be the star.
Will see it this Tuesday with a friend. Hope we get something out of it lol.
I was never expecting it to do as well as this. Fair play.
I'll try give it a look over the next few weeks.
Needed Nathan Fillion and Powers Boothe in leading roles maybe 15 years ago. Films are increasingly for ADD kids and TV shows for adults nowadays. A generalisation maybe, but a pattern is emerging.
@RevGaming Hope you enjoy it!
@Kanji-Tatsumi Sony has been on a roll lately, so was shock how back Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was. It seem to me that half half the got cut or they simply didn't have the budget to make half of it. Sony like to keep their budget tight, an some do a lot with that budget but not the directors and producers behind that film.
@Porco @stefan771 250 million world wide, on a middle of the road budgeted film, 120 million isn't a lot of cash for a film nowadays, Next Mission impossible films is look like they will come in at 200 million a piece. An it has a china opening date as well in March. So it will likely be profitable, is it a billion dollars film probably not but it will probably clear 400 million. Can they turn it into a billion dollars film franchise, well I suspect they will give it a good try.
@Ambassador_Kong Sonic was pre pandemic, so you really can't prepare.
@Korgon Please be sure to encourage him to platinum the games, if he's into that!
I plan to replay all 5 games as soon as we get a solid release date for the next Uncharted game.
@BritneyfR_ee Even my dad was rooting for her the same as me plus was fun to watch so i have to disagree.
Do I get a platinum for uncharted if I go watch this?
Street Fighter 6 is a thing
Smart of them to release this after Spider-Man.
Not seen it yet but do have a free ticket through that Uncharted upgrade. However will I actually use it? Honestly i'd rather spend the 4+ hours it would take me to get to a Cineworld, watch the film, and get back playing games like Horizon.
I have a free ticket for it from the upgrade, that I'm not going to use (the cinema brand it's for in the UK is terrible).
I don't have high hopes. Mark bloody Walhberg as Sully? What the hell were they thinking? Nothing against Mark, but he's not Sully.
It's probably been said a few times, but the fanmade short with Nathan Fillion was great. He not only understood the character, but he's quite similar in humour anyway.
Tom Holland could've absolutely pulled off an early 20's Drake.
I'm holding from judgement until I've seen it though.
Glad the movie is successful, still want to go see it myself. Just have to get over why nobody ever considered John Krasinsky as Nathan Drake! Guess the internet just couldn't shut up about Nathan Fillion.
@knowles2 we'll have to wait and see i guess. i think it will have trouble making a decent profit. once it crosses $240, that rest is profit. let's face it, though, a company like sony is not in the business of making peanut profits... it will need to get a sizable return to justify a sequel in the future. even a film like battle angel alita which i really enjoyed, apparently didn't make a large enough profit to greenlight a sequel. a real pity.
@Ambassador_Kong absolutely right. the uncharted film will have an uphill battle to turn a decent profit. it might, but sony is not in the business of making peanuts so it will need to be sizable. if not, they will toss this film franchise aside and try something else. the only people who seem to half enjoy this film are fanatstics of the uncharted games and even then it is divisive amongst that group. that will not be enough to sustain a release that is aimed at the mainstream market.
@get2sammyb remains to be seen. the week two sales figures of spiderman didn't drop off the map. it had lasting power due to its popularity and quality as a film. i don't think uncharted will have the same fate due to the negativity and divisiveness of the film by comparison. i do wonder how those not invested with gaming and uncharted (as a game franchise) will perceive it, though.
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