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Gaming movie adaptations: the nation’s favourites

There are 46.7 million gamers* in the UK alone, showing that many of us like to spend time now and then getting lost in a different world. So, it makes sense that video game creators have taken our love of escape one step further and transformed their fantasy worlds into movies for the whole world to watch and enjoy.

Many films based on video games have been released over the years, and it’s safe to say that some have been more successful than others. But which films are the most loved of them all?

To find the nation’s favourite, we asked people which gaming adaptation movie they like best. See if yours has made it onto this exclusive list...

Tomb Raider (2018) is in the top position

Just more than 33% of people say that 2018’s Tomb Raider is their favourite gaming movie adaptation. And it’s not Lara Croft’s only appearance in the top 10: the 2001 film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, placed a very respectable third.

Interestingly though, those aged 65+ enjoyed Tomb Raider (2018) the most as 57.3% of respondents chose this as their favourite gaming film adaptation. Whilst the city that loved it the most was Birmingham, with 48.2% of respondents saying it was their favourite, followed by Southampton (42.1%).

For Lara Croft fans, the highly anticipated Tomb Raider 2 film can’t come soon enough. Originally set to be released in March 2021, it’s been pushed back to 2022 because of COVID-19. Alicia Vikander reprises the main role, originally made famous by Angelina Jolie, for a second time.

In second place is Sonic the Hedgehog, with 29.5% of respondents saying it’s their favourite. This is backed up by the fact that it was the second most successful film in 2020 in the UK and Ireland in terms of box office revenue.

Aside from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, every gaming adaptation movie that fell into the top 10 was released in 2015 or later.

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Survey of 1,001 UK adults who have experience of playing video games and watching movies was undertaken in November 2021 by TLF.

*Number of gamers in the UK taken from the Statista report: Video gaming audiences in the United Kingdom. Survey period was May 2021, and the report was published in June 2021