Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg starring Uncharted movie may have been thrashed by critics last week. But Sony’s video adaptation is proving to be a blockbuster at the box office worldwide with weekend earnings of $55.4M overseas, thanks to the movie’s international early release schedule. Added, the film’s confirmed release in China this March is expected to only add more numbers in earnings overseas.
Uncharted movie from director Ruben Fleischer faced harsh review bombing after its embargo lift. Though not to the extent of DOOM movie, the Dwayne Johnson starring flick that started Hollywood’s video game movie curse. Fortunately, moviegoers remain more excited with Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score standing at 90% while critics’ meter is at 39% rotten. If that wasn’t enough justification, Deadline reports Uncharted is projected with a $51M four-day domestic earning, leading to a total $139M rack-up (inclusive of overseas’ number).
Nathan Drake fans seem to be on the sidelines as Uncharted’s box office numbers were the result of non-gaming and family-friendly audiences visiting theatres. Sony Pictures even engaged in a press tour with the cast in Europe, a surprising PR move considering the pandemic continues to restrict travel. Uncharted had a decent crowd viewing in IMAX as well with $8.5M earnings globally this weekend.
Meanwhile, Peeps at Sony also seemed to be impressed with the film’s success:
“Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg are brilliant together. Thank you to our sister company, PlayStation, for their incredible partnership, and all the many people who worked so hard to bring this film to life in a big, theatrical way,” Sony Motion Picture Group president Josh Greenstein said in a statement (via: THR).
Uncharted faces no competition for the upcoming week in international markets but will begin to face heat when The Batman arrives in overseas theatres on March 2. Nonetheless, Sony Pictures has landed a successful franchise and one can only hope if Fleischer would return for a possible sequel.
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