Read the movie: top five movies based on books
This has been a great year for the movie box office, and it’s going to get better.
As the top two movies (so far) show, comic books are a great source for successful movies (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises).
The third movie, though, is based on a book (I’ll explain why I’m not naming it shortly)…and has broken $400 million in domestic gross (what I call “dogro”) in the USA.
That got me curious: what have been the most successful movies based on books?
I’m using an
as my authority for the box office (it’s a very reliable movie site, in my experience…owned by Amazon).
I’m only basing this on USA dogro.
I’m counting a movie as being based on a book (not a comic book or graphic novel) if the author of the book gets a credit, and the book was published and written before the screenplay. In some cases, a novelization may be released before the movie, but be based on the movie; I’m not going to count those.
I will count a movie which is a sequel to a movie based on a book…but those will typically still credit the book’s author.
I’m going to make this a game by not giving you the name of the book, but clues to it, so you can guess. I think this may be pretty easy…after all, these are popular movies. I’ll link to the book: don’t click on the link until you’ve guessed, if you want to see how you do.
All time USA dogro #6
This is the first sequel (second movie) of four full-length movies, and there was another successful full-length movie spin-off. It is the most successful movie in the series. Performers include a member of Monty Python, a talk show host, and Larry King.
(not available as a Kindle book, although it is available as an audiobook in the Kindle store)
All time USA dogro #9
One of the three movies this year to break $400 million dogro, this is the first movie in a series. Four movies are planned in the series, based on three books. The book was not published by one of the Big Six US trade publishers, and is available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
All time USA dogro #12
This is the eighth (and final) movie in a series…the movie tagline was, “It all ends here.” Until they were released as e-books, they were one of the most requested.
All time USA dogro #14
A character in this movie appears in a 2012 movie (and that movie is part of a trilogy). That same character had previously been played by someone who guested on both The Joey Bishop Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
All time USA dogro #14
The author of the book on which this movie (the first in a series that will have its fourth installment in 2014) won a Prime time Emmy and a Hugo. The author co-wrote the script for this movie, and has directed movies (one of which spawned a sequel and a TV series).
Well, there you go. I’ve tried to make the clues a bit difficult, but my guess is that quite a few of you will get all five…we’ll see, though. Being based on a book is certainly not a guarantee of blockbuster box office (hello, John Carter), but it can be done. Adjusted for inflation, the biggest box office of all time (by far) goes to a movie based on a book. I’ll give you the title of that one and the five above soon. Have fun guessing!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.