Boy, Those Resident Evil Movies Sure Make A Lot Of Money


Ever wondered how movies based on Japanese videogames have done in terms of Box Office revenue? In their latest annual report, Capcom shared worldwide Box Office revenue figures for the top 10 Japanese videogame movies, making sure to point out that Resident Evil was hogging most of the list.


Here’s the list of all 10 movies, with the owners of the IP in brackets:


1. Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (Capcom) – $296,221,663

2. Resident Evil: Retribution (Capcom) – $240,159,255

3. Resident Evil: Extinction (Capcom) – $147,717,833

4. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Capcom) – $129,394,835

5. Resident Evil (Capcom) – $102,441,078

6. Street Fighter (Capcom) – $99,423,521

7. Silent Hill (Konami) – $97,607,453

8. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Square) – $85,131,830

9. Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo) – $20,915,465

10. House of the Dead (Sega) – $13,818,181


Total Box Office proceeds from Hollywood films based on Capcom properties—of which there are seven so far—have brought in a combined total of $1 billion, the publisher said. Six of these are in the list above. The seventh movie is presumably Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.


In addition to licensing Resident Evil and Street Fighter out for movies, Capcom have been busy adapting a number of their properties into other forms of media, too. Ace Attorney recently saw a Japanese live-action movie directed by Takashi Miike. In addition to the movie, that series has also seen a number of stage and theatrical productions. Meanwhile, Sengoku Basara has seen everything from an anime series to TV dramas to a live-action film.


Unsurprisingly, Capcom say that their efforts to branch out into different kinds of media have led to a greater awareness of their franchises.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.