Box office stars have a way of starting off with incredible earth shattering books and the best part is that these books were intended as great books, not great movies. But put together award winning performances, outstanding directing and a script that keeps the audience fully engaged and these movies were destined to become stars. From famous trilogies such as Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter (which took over 10 years of production to produce eight films) these highly lucrative films were first books.
Investing millions in production, adapting screenplays to meet what the author wanted to portray and casting the right actors were all challenges that these movies faced. It is easy enough to read a book and create a fictional character but it is another thing to find someone to bring that character to life, in which the audience will identify with.
Some of these hits received rave reviews, Academy Awards and were record breakers. Others received mixed reactions from the critics but were fan favorites. One thing in common with all of these movies though, they are all highly lucrative films that once started off as epic books.
10 The Maze Runner
9 Gone Girl
7 The Fault in Our Stars
5 The Hobbit
4 Fifty Shades of Grey
3 Harry Potter
2 The Lord of the Rings
1 The Hunger Games
This trilogy of adventure novels rose to the top quickly overtaking Harry Potter’s Record on Amazon as being its top seller. In 2014 over 65 million copies of the books have been sold in the United States alone. The first film in the series became the first film since Avatar to remain in first place at the North American box office for four consecutive weekends and grossed over $961 million worldwide. The second film grossed over $864 million and the third coming in at $752 million worldwide. Combined; this film franchise became the first to have three films earn over $100 million in a weekend. We call that lucrative.
Sources: goodreads.com, popsugar.com
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