The Uncharted movie has had a strong couple of weeks, taking in $44 million USD in its opening weekend in the US.
Those figures come from Variety, who mention that the Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg starring adaptation reached number one in the US box office charts. As per Fandango’s Erik Davis (as spotted by VGC) that makes it the fourth highest opening weekend for a movie based on a video game.
The three films ahead of it, in case you’re curious, include 2001’s Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie that took home $47 million. Then above both of those is the combo of Detective Pikachu with $54 million and Sonic the Hedgehog with $58 million, both of which released within nine months of each other across 2019 & 2020.
Unsurprisingly then, Sony’s quite pleased with the film’s performance. According to Deadline, Sony Pictures CEO Tom Rothman sent a company-wide email praising the release. As part of that letter, Rothman called Uncharted “a new hit movie franchise for the company”. This phrasing, combined with the success of the movie, seems to imply further cinematic outings for Nathan Drake may be on the cards.
It certainly panned out that way for Sonic the Hedgehog, for whom the sequel got the greenlight the summer after its release. Paramount wouldn’t even wait that long for a third movie, announcing it and a TV spin-off starring Knuckles last week – a full month and a half before the second film’s release.
As for official word on an Uncharted movie sequel, we’ll have to wait and see. The movie opened here in the UK a week before the US, and is similarly currently sitting atop of the box office charts here too.