With Divergent crushing the competition during its opening weekend, it seems that the Young Adult movie curse is finally over. In the past year, movies such as Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Vampire Academy have all seemed to flop in theaters, leaving us wondering if stories about those awkward teenage years could ever be profitable again. Divergent has proven that stories about teens trying to find their footing can be successful. Below is a top ten list of Y.A novels that made the leap to the big screen, along with their domestic grosses. These stories warmed our hearts, both in the comfort of our own home and in theaters. They taught us that even when all the odds are against us, we can persevere and that when everything else fails, love conquers all. Here’s to the movies that made us laugh, cry, and most importantly made us grateful to no longer be teenagers.
10) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005): $39,008,741
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is one of those movies you watch with your best friends, while indulging in a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. The movie is based on the novel by Ann Brashares of the same name. It tells the story of four best friends who find a miraculous pair of pants that flatters all their figures. The pants help bring the four girls together through a summer filled with love, heartache, and most importantly friendship. The movie was even successful enough to spawn a sequel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
9) Ender’s Game (2013): $60,119,715
Ender’s Game tells the story of a young boy, Ender Wiggin, who is recruited by the international military to protect mankind against an alien force that is set out to destroy humanity. The movie is based on the book of the same name, by Orson Scott Card. It’s a science fiction action thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Although Ender’s Game did seemingly well at the box office, it’s high budget didn’t allow for much of a payout. There have been rumors of a sequel but it seems unlikely. If made, the sequel would be called Ender’s Shadow and would be based off the second book of the series.
8) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997): $72,219,395
I Know What You Did Last Summer, is an American slasher film that probably caused a majority of its entire generation to have an irrational fear of fishermen. The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Louis Duncan. It follows four friends being chased by a crazed killer after they cover up a car accident. It is the ultimate tale of bloody karma. Although the film received some negative and mixed reviews, it did surprisingly well in theaters. Well enough to spawn a sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and a third, straight to DVD installment, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.
7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010): $88,761,720
Demigods, Gods, and Goddesses, oh my. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, tells the story of a young boy who discovers that he comes from a line of Greek Gods. The boy goes on an epic quest to save his mother and proves he is not the lightening thief. This film and it’s sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters are both based on novels of the same name by Rick Riordan. Despite the mixed reviews that both movies received, the series has made $88,761,720 domestic gross and a whopping $430 million worldwide. Unfortunately for fans of the Percy Jackson series, in March 2014 it was announced that there would not be a third installment.
6. Divergent (2014): $96,042,660 so far
Dystopian thrillers seem to be all the rage these days. First there was The Hunger Games, and now there is Divergent. Divergent is based on the best-selling book by Veronica Roth. It presents the audience with a world where citizens are divided up into factions. These factions represent the personality trait that you value the most. Being Divergent means that you embody more then one of these traits, which makes you dangerous and more difficult to control. Even though Divergent received mixed reviews from critics, it’s clear that audiences are loving it. A sequel to the movie is already in production and is on schedule to be released in March 2015. A third installment to the series is in the works as well.
5. The Princess Diaries (2001): $108,244,774
The story, The Princess Diaries is a fairly accurate description of every little girls fairy-tale. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Cabot. It tells the story of an awkward, clumsy teenage girl who finds out that her paternal grandmother is the Queen of Geneva. Of course, this causes young Mia’s life to turn completely upside-down. Although the film received mixed reviews, it was a commercial success. A sequel to the movie, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement was released in August 2004. The Princess Diaries and its series, was the Academy Award winning actress, Anne Hathaway’s film debut, she was 19 at the time.
4. Twilight (2008): $192,769,854
Forbidden love, vampires and werewolves, Twilight has it all. It’s the series that swept the nation. It challenged our ideas of true love, made us choose between team Edward and team Jacob, and introduced us to Twihards. The Twilight series is based on four novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. It contains a total of five movies and has earned over 3.3 billion worldwide. Although all of the films have been critically panned, the fans of the saga don’t seem to mind. Twilight has also spawned countless parodies such as, Vampire’s Suck, and Breaking Wind.
3.The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005): $291,709,845
The Chronicles of Narnia, has been in the making for a very long time. The Series is based after books of the same name by C.S Lewis. While Lewis was alive, he refused to sell the rights to his book because he didn’t believe that the fantastical nature of the books would transfer well to the big screen. It was only after his step-son saw an example of the CGI that would be used in the film that he decided to sell the rights. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, was a huge commercial success and earned mostly positive reviews. Unfortunately for the series, the next two movies earned less than the first and received mixed reviews. The studio is in the process of making a fourth installment called, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001): $317,557,891
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is the movie that started a generation of Harry Potter fanatics. It caused eleven year-olds around the world, to patiently await their Hogwarts acceptance letters. It made us believe in magic and the power of good over evil. The success of the Harry Potter series is undeniable. The series has total of eight movies, all based after novels of the same name, by J.K Rowling. To date, the series has made an estimated 7.7 billion worldwide. It has spawned a Harry Potter themed theme park, as well as a spin off series that is in the works. Although the series has come to a close, it is unlikely that the Harry Potter mania will die down anytime soon.
1. The Hunger Games (2012): $408,010,692
Thanks to a talented cast and riveting story line, The Hunger Games series is a smashing success. The series is based on three novels of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The first installment in the series tells the story of a girl named Katniss, who joins a game to the death, in order to save her sister. The movie was met with rave reviews and the fans agree. The second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released in November of 2013, and part 1 of the third installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is set to come out in November 2014. It seems safe to say that Hunger Game’s fans are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the final films.
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