‘Uncharted’ Already Proving to Be a Major Box Office Hit


When Tom Holland was first announced to be starring in the film version of Uncharted, the extremely popular series of video games from Sony Interactive Entertainment and Naughty Dog, many fans were sceptical, to say the least.

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The game focuses on Nathan Drake, a character whose known to be sort of an Indiana Jones adventurer type crossed with Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville. As such, he’s supposed to be a bit older and have a generally more rough, rugged feel. Although Holland is of course enormously popular thanks to playing Peter Parker in the MCU’s Spider-Man films and definitely has the charm and humour, as well as the athleticism, to pull off the character, he also looks significantly younger and, although muscular, has a slighter, dancer’s build, leading a lot of fans to complain that he was cast for his current fame rather than his suitability for the role.

The extremely mixed-to-negative reviews (it currently has a 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes) seem to indicate that critics tend to agree that Holland is a bit too youthful to sell the part, but that doesn’t seem to have had an impact on the wider audiences, who have given it a 90% score. Furthermore, Uncharted has had the biggest opening weekend of the year, taking in $44 million over the course of the three-day weekend, and a projected $51 million when the extra day of Presidents’ Weekend in the States is taken into account, beating the recent Scream’s $33.8 million opening weekend.

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It’s also only the 12th release to open at around $40 million since early 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. By comparison, in 2019, 22 films reached that number, showing how damaging an impact it continues to have on keeping people from the cinemas.

Another significant milestone is that it has delivered one of the best openings for a film based on a video game of all time, landing in 4th place in that category. The only ones that came in ahead have been the first Sonic the Hedgehog film, which made $58 million in its opening weekend in 2020, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), which made $54.3 million, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which made $47.7 million all the way back in 2001.

Worldwide, it’s taken in $139 million, making it already the fifth biggest film of 2022 overall.

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Uncharted, which was directed by Ruben Fleischer (the Venom films, the Zombieland films), was originally intended to be released in December 2020 but has faced numerous major delays due to COVID-19, including the pandemic shutting down production literally the same day they started shooting in March 2020. It was then off and on again upon resuming somewhere in July of that year, including once due to Antonio Banderas, who also appears in the film, testing positive. Post-production and reshoots then stretched all the way until July 2021.

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Despite all of these delays and receiving a bit of a critical drubbing, it seems like Sony will probably consider it all worth it thanks to these box office results, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if a sequel is announced soon. The film apparently ends in such a way that leaves open multiple possibilities for where the series can go next.

Uncharted is currently playing in cinemas worldwide.

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