The Resident Evil film franchise is set to pass global box office figures of $1bn this weekend, making it the most successful video game to film franchise to date, according to Deadline.
The franchise has made $954m so far, and Deadline states that Sony's estimating the latest and final Resident Evil film, The Final Chapter, will make upwards of $80m as it opens across Korea, France, the UK and Brazil this weekend, tipping it over the $1bn mark.
The Final Chapter has already grossed $35m in Japan, where it opened at No.1 on December 23rd 2016. It's also had the highest-ever debut for a Resident Evil film in Japan, grossing $9.65m. That's 112 per cent over what Resident Evil: Retribution made at its debut, and over 110 per cent over Afterlife.
At the moment, Afterlife has been the highest grossing Resident Evil film to date, earning $296m globally. It's also the fourth highest-grossing video game to film adaptation to date. Ahead of it are Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which has grossed $336m, The Angry Birds Movie at $349m, and Warcraft, which leads the pack with $433m.
Retribution is the next highest-grossing Resident Evil film at $240m and the sixth highest grossing game to film adaptation to date, while Resident Evil: Extinction comes in 11th place overall with $147m.
Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Sony Pictures told Deadline: “Resident Evil is an event film internationally… It’s been five years since the last film, and the global fanbase has been eagerly anticipating its return. Screen Gems has created the highest-grossing video game-based franchise of all time. We look forward to a strong rollout.”
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter currently has a 41 per cent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 54 on Metacritic. While not brilliant scores by any means, these are actually the highest ratings the franchise has ever received on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter comes out this week on February 3rd in the UK