Sony’s Uncharted film has made a solid start at the international box office while receiving middling reviews from critics.
The movie is the first feature film from PlayStation Productions, a studio formed by Sony Interactive Entertainment to adapt its original game properties for film and television in partnership with Sony Pictures.
Following a six-month delay, it launched in 15 markets on February 11 and generated $21.5 million in its opening weekend, including $6.4 million in the UK, $4.5 million in Russia and $3.5 million in Spain, Variety reports.
The opening puts it ahead of pandemic-era blockbusters like Eternals (up 12%), Black Widow (up 18%) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (up 21%) based on how those films performed at similar points in their theatrical lifecycles.
The Uncharted film, which had a $120 million budget, will open on February 18 in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and South Korea.
Rather than following the plot of the PlayStation games, the Uncharted film tells a prequel story featuring Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) as a young treasure hunter learning from his mentor Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg).
Film director Ruben Fleischer (Venom, Zombieland) has said he “made the movie for both hardcore fans of the game and those who are not yet familiar with the franchise and believe[s] that both will be equally entertained by this incredibly fun and action-packed film”.
While the movie has gone down well at the box office so far, it has received middling reviews. It currently has a 50% score on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews.
PlayStation Productions is also working on a The Last of Us HBO TV series, a live-action Ghost of Tsushima movie helmed by John Wick director Chad Stahelski, and a Twisted Metal TV series from Deadpool’s writers, among other projects.
Uncharted director Fleischer claimed last week that he’s collaborating with Sony on a Jak and Daxter adaptation.