The movie adaptation Assassin’s Creed came out on December 21st. As it stands, it’s probably the most competent and well-cast video game movie ever, which isn’t much of a compliment. The numbers are slowly coming in, and the movie’s total gross right now is $150 million worldwide. This does not bode well for a potential future movie franchise.
The Assassin’s Creed movie opened at number one in the UK, earning £5.3 million in its first week, according to Ubisoft. Also, it opened in the top three in several other countries: number one in Mexico and Russia, two in Italy and three in Germany in France. Domestically, however, it came in fifth on its opening weekend and earned $10 million, according to Box Office Mojo. To be fair, its gross is going up, as opposed to the new Ghostbusters, for example.
As of January 10th, 2017, the movie has made almost $155 million on a $125 million budget. So, when we subtract production costs, the total earnings for now are about $30 million. These are some very, very poor results, because this estimate doesn’t include marketing costs. The movie theaters also get their cut from ticket sales, usually about 45-50%. In today’s climate, a movie has to make twice its budget to simply break even. Taking that into account, the Assassin’s Creed movie is currently a horrible flop.
To add insult to injury, the movie is only ninth on the list of video game adaptations in terms of revenue. It earned less money (according to the Box Office Mojo list) than such notable cinema classics as Tomb Raider 2, Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Of course, once DVD and Blu-Ray versions hit the market, there’s still a chance that the movie makes more of the money back. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though. Considering the panning this movie got, I doubt it will break even, let alone make a profit. I mean, it failed to please both movie goers and fans of the game. I’ll be very surprised if Fox decides to continue the franchise. Of course, stranger things have happened.
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