The Best and Worst TV-to-Movie Adaptations at the Box Office
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TV ratings don't always translate to box office gold. Just because an audience fell in love with a show on the small screen doesn't mean they'll shell out money to see the big-screen adaptation, and for every blockbuster Star Trek film, there's an ill-received reboot of an old sitcom.
As Baywatch prepares to make a splash at the summer box office, EW looks back on how other TV-to-movie adaptations have fared.
BEST: Star Trek (2009)
Opening weekend: $75.2 million
Domestic total: $257.7 million
The 2009 adaptation, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, is the highest-grossing Star Trek film of all time — and the highest-grossing live-action TV adaptation ever.
BEST: Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Opening weekend: $57.8 million
Domestic total: $215.4 million
The Mission: Impossible franchise has been tearing up the box office charts for more than two decades, but Ethan Hunt’s second outing still stands as the highest-grossing of the franchise
BEST: 22 Jump Street (2014)
Opening weekend: $57.1 million
Domestic total: $191.7 million
The first 21 Jump Street also debuted to big box office numbers in 2012, opening to $36.3 million for a domestic total of $138.4 million.
BEST: The Fugitive (1993)
Opening weekend: $23.8 million
Domestic total: $183.9 million
The Harrison Ford-starring action-thriller is not only one of the highest-grossing TV adaptations of all time, but it also scored seven Academy Award nominations.
BEST: Sex and the City (2008)
Opening weekend: $57 million
Domestic total: $152.6 million
The 2010 sequel, Sex and the City 2, added even more to Carrie and Co.'s box office haul, raking in $95.3 million domestically.
BEST: Get Smart (2008)
Opening weekend: $38.7 million
Domestic total: $130.3 million
The Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway-starring comedy may not have been as profitable as the Mission: Impossible film franchise, but it still raked in a solid $130 million domestically.
BEST: Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Opening weekend: $40.1 million
Domestic total: $125.3 million
Three years later, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle debuted to $37.6 million for a domestic total of $100.8 million.
BEST: S.W.A.T. (2003)
Opening weekend: $37.1 million
Domestic total: $116.9 million
The Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell-starring action-thriller was a late summer hit, earning more than $200 million worldwide.
BEST: The Addams Family (1991)
Opening weekend: $24.2 million
Domestic total: $113.5 million
The 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, wasn't as much of a commercial success, but it still earned $48.9 million domestically.
WORST: Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Opening weekend: $1.8 million
Domestic total: $4.2 million
Released just one year after the show was unceremoniously canceled, David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to boos and jeers. Since then, it's become a cult classic — but it still only earned a paltry $4 million in theaters.
WORST: McHale’s Navy (1997)
Opening weekend: $2.1 million
Domestic total: $4.5 million
Tom Arnold starred in the ill-received comedy, which earned back only a fraction of its eight-figure budget.
WORST: Leave it to Beaver (1997)
Opening weekend: $3.3 million
Domestic total: $10.9 million
The 1997 comedy brought the Cleavers to the big screen, but the film was a flop with critics and audiences alike.
WORST: The Mod Squad (1999)
Opening weekend: $6.1 million
Domestic total: $13.3 million
Despite its $50 million production budget, the Claire Danes-starring mystery only earned $13.3 million domestically, making it a bona fide bomb.
WORST: CHIPS (2017)
Opening weekend: $7.7 million
Domestic total: $18.6 million
Dax Shepard brought the California Highway Patrol to the big screen with this raunchy comedy, but domestically, it failed to earn back its $25 million production budget.