It's Game Day for 'Doom,' the Movie

Can "Doom" (search) break the arcade curse at the movies?

The video-game-to-movie thing is a dubious proposition. The games themselves gross hundreds of millions, but their cinematic counterparts tend to get blasted at the box office.

But "Doom" is hoping to capitalize on its popularity as a game this weekend -- with a little help from The Rock.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (search ) plays "Sarge," who, along with his elite combat unit, is sent to investigate trouble at a science station on Mars.

"Movie adaptations of video games ... have kind of been so-so to me, but then I thought, 'OK, so this is really ambitious if you're going to try and make a movie out of this especially successful video game," The Rock told FOX News.

"The fact that people have said 'ah -- there's never been a decent movie made about videogames,' it makes you kind of fire up and think 'OK, we wanna do one that does it justice,'" added co-star Rosamund Pike (search).

"Doom" single-handedly launched the "first-person shooter" genre of video games as players blast their way through a dark and horrific world.

"There's only one way to make 'Doom,' which is make it rated-R, unapologetic, and if you go for it you go for it, then that's it," The Rock said.

Keeping close to the game will appeal to legions of hardcore doom fans, and should help it to dominate the box office this weekend.

"I was very aware that I really wanted to make sure that we were true to the game and made sure that we were loyal to a fan base that is so loyal, the video gamers," The Rock said.

FOX News' Mike Waco and Trace Gallagher and the New York Post's Sara Stewart contributed to this report.