Last week, the "Entourage" movie was finally given a green light by executives at Warner Bros. studios. That glorious update was shortly followed by the news that the "Workaholics" comedy trio Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm have a film in the works. With these two projects in development, we took a look at the transition from small to big screen -- a natural upgrade which seems to consistently bring in big box-office returns, often regardless of quality.
Since they come with a prefabricated army of fans (or at least cemented cultural relevance), films based on TV shows deliver in theaters, whether they are praised, as was the 2009 iteration of "Star Trek," or panned, like the "tired" live action of "Scooby-Doo."
Here are 25 of the highest grossing television shows-cum-movies, juxtaposed with their very wide-ranging critical reception via Rotten Tomatoes. We're crossing our fingers that the respective brilliance of "Entourage" and the "Workaholics" crew will not be lost in translation. Although, our findings seem to suggest they'll be largely profitable either way.
|Show-Cum-Movie||Box Office Gross||Rotten Tomatoes Score|
"Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike."
|Alvin and the Chipmunks||7,326,974||21%
"Though cutely rendered, Alvin and the Chipmunks suffers from bland potty humor and a rehashed kids' movie formula."
|The Simpsons Movie||3,153,014||90%
"The Simpsons Movie contains the hearty laughs, biting satire, and honest portrayal of an American family that makes the show so popular. And it boasts slicker animation and polished writing that hearkens back to the show's glory days."
"Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted."
"Though Lillard is uncannily spot-on as Shaggy, Scooby Doo is a tired live-action update, filled with lame jokes."
|Sex and the City||2,647,258||49%
"Sex and the City loses steam in the transition to the big screen, but will still thrill fans of the show."
"The Smurfs assembles an undeniably talented cast of voice actors and live-action stars -- then crushes them beneath a blue mound of lowest-common-denominator kiddie fare."
|21 Jump Street||8,447,667||85%
"A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite."
|The Last Airbender||1,772,187||6%
"The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction."
""A million design problem with 98 minutes of weak prehistoric jokes."
|Borat||8,505,958||91% "Jagshemash! Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way."|
"The story and plot are nothing to write home about, but the movie has enough action and campy fun to entertain the skeptics."
"A competent, but routine police thriller."
|The Wild Wild West||3,805,681||20%
"Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script."
|The Addams Family||3,502,426||60%
"The movie is peppered with amusing sight gags and one-liners, but the disjointed script doesn't cohere into a successful whole."
|The Rugrats Movie||0,494,675||22%
"Charming characters; loads of fun for kids and adults."
"Despite an abundance of eyecandy, the film doesn't amount to much."
"Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees."
|The Spongebob Squarepants Movie||,417,988||68%
"Surreally goofy and entertaining for both children and their parents."
|The Dukes of Hazzard||,270,227||13%|
"A dumb, goofy, and vacuous adaptation of a TV show where plot is simply an excuse to string together the car chases."
"The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations."
|Hannah Montana: The Movie||,576,189||44%|
"While youthful Miley fans won't complain,Hannah Montana the Movie is little more than a formulaic Disney Channel episode stretched thin."
"For better and for worse,Joe Carnahan's big-screen version of The A-Team captures the superficial, noisy spirit of the TV series."
"Bewitched is haunted by scattered laughs and a lack of direction."
"Curious George is a bright, sweet, faithful adaptation of the beloved children's books."
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that not all TV shows turned movies are represented.