Now that the opening weekend of Ratchet & Clank has come to a close, the numbers are in: it looks like Sony’s latest movie effort has gone largely unnoticed by the masses.
Fans of Insomniac Games have been waiting a long time for the long-awaited release of the Ratchet & Clank movie, but it seems like the rest of the world has failed to take a significant notice in the lovable duo. The popular gaming franchise officially entered the world of the big screen with a movie announcement over three years ago, with the official Ratchet & Clank film opening in theaters this past weekend.
Unfortunately for fans of the galaxy-saving duo, it looks like Ratchet & Clank has failed to make any noticeable dent in the predicted box office standings. Ratchet & Clank opened to a meager seventh place spot in the top earners list, accumulating a modest $4,800,000 over its opening weekend. This means the movie was far and away from dethroning the top dog in the proverbial food chain, The Jungle Book, which took in a cool $42,400,000 to remain atop of the box office for the third weekend in a row.
Despite the inclusion of a star-studded voice cast that includes the likes of Sylvester Stallone, John Goodman, and Paul Giamatti (with Ratchet and Clank being voiced by voice acting veterans James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye, respectively), it looks like the movie adaptation of the popular game franchise appears to be somewhat of a flop, continuing the trend that movies based on games seem to falter when it comes to succeeding in both mediums.
That being said, the game based on the movie (which is actually based on the original game) is receiving critical acclaim, and we hailed the title as the perfect starting point for fans who missed out on the franchise the first time around. Interested gamers can read our review of it here.
The well-constructed remake became the fastest selling Ratchet & Clank game to date, so while it may not be a successful property on the big screen, it’s great to see that Insomniac Games has still found success in doing what it does best: making entertaining games and continuing to work on a staple franchise for the PlayStation system.
For what it’s worth, Ratchet & Clank wasn’t the only newcomer to flop against the staying power of Disney. Keanu, The Warner Brothers title which brings another popular duo into the big screen for the first time (Key & Peele), grossed an estimated $9,350,000 over its opening weekend. Since the film had a modest production budget of just $15,000,000, this means the film should break even over the next week.
Mother’s Day also opened over the weekend, featuring a powerful ensemble containing Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, and Kate Hudson. The film garnered only $8,300,000 over the weekend, so although it fared much better than Ratchet & Clank, it was still a far cry away from making it a successful follow-up to Valentine’s Day, which made $56,300,000 upon its release in 2010.
Have you seen the Ratchet & Clank movie, Ranters? What did you think of it?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter