Sony’s Uncharted is on its way to being the biggest season opener for a video game adaptation since Sonic the Hedgehog in 2020.
It wasn’t clear for several years whether Uncharted would make it to this point. The film adaptation of the popular video game series has been in the works since 2008 but has been troubled by various creative failures.
With Ruben Fleischer at the helm, Uncharted finally got off the ground, featuring Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake on his first serious treasure-hunting adventure with future mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) and tentative ally Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali).
Uncharted’s box office chances were a bit of a question mark going into this weekend. The film’s long-awaited status, along with lukewarm reviews, could have been harmful. It didn’t help that video game adaptations are typically hit-or-miss, and several Uncharted fans were upset by the decision to make the film a prequel. Uncharted was expected to launch in the $30 million range last week, according to industry sources. However, as the weekend proceeded, the estimates grew significantly.
Nathan and Sully appear to have hit it rich. Uncharted is on target to earn $51 million domestically over the four-day President’s Day weekend, according to THR. The current three-day estimated total is $44.2 million, making it the most successful video game adaptation since Sonic the Hedgehog two years ago. Uncharted has the fourth-largest three-day opening for a video game film, behind only Sonic, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from 2001.
Channing Tatum’s Dog, on the other hand, has a strong $15.1 million three-day total and is expected to hit $18.1 million during the four-day weekend. With both new releases surpassing expectations, it appears like the domestic box office will have a strong weekend.
So far, the 2022 box office has been very quiet, apart from residual earnings from 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home (which also stars Holland) and Scream in January. Both Death on the Nile and Marry Me struggled to make an impact last weekend, so Uncharted’s surprise overperformance is welcome news.