The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. The list of critically successful conversions is even shorter.
That doesn't mean there haven't been a few solid hits that got their start in the console world. Popular franchises tend to come with a built-in audience, and when Hollywood supplements that with a big star it can be an immensely profitable venture — often spawning one or more sequels.
Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have managed to succeed on the big screen.
By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 12 Oct 2011