10 book-to-film adaptations that made $1billion in the box office.

Deborah Dan-Awoh

Some books to film adaptation like "The Lord of the Rings" hit shocking figures in sales at the box office.

Book to movies that made $1billion

Lovers of "the Hobbit", and "Harry Potter" agree that adaptations of these great books have brought significant characters to life.

Of course, there have been book-inspired films with major box office success from "Alice in Wonderland" to more serious titles like "Davinci Code".

However, this article focuses on the movies that made $1billion based on worldwide gross earnings.

Take a look.

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10. Jurassic Park grossed $1.034b

A 1993 science fiction movie based on Michael Crichton’s novel.

Jurassic Park was first released in June 1993, and became a blazing success at the box office. Made on a budget of $63m, it went on to garner $1.034b at the box office.

 Directed by the outstanding Steven Spielberg, the movie plot revolves around John Hammond and his team.

They create a wildlife park featuring de-extinct dinosaurs on the fictional island Of Isla Nublar.

However, Hammond endangers his and others’ lives when a power failure causes the dangerous dinosaurs to run loose.

The movie bagged three Academy Awards and twenty awards. 

Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers

9. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers grossed $1.16 billion

Released in 2002, Lord of the Rings is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels. The movie recorded $925.28 million.

After worldwide gross, the movie scooped $1.16 billion.

A movie forever etched in the world's memory, Lord of the Rings was directed by Peter Jackson. 

The lengthy book adaptation took 8 long years to complete.  It was developed from Tolkein’s earlier work, “The Hobbit.

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8. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone grossed $1.25billion

One of the world's most-followed book-to-movie adaptations by British author J.K. Bowling.

Harry Potter was published officially in 1997.

Gaining global accolades, according to CNBC, the success of the first book led to six additional novels. Warner Brothers acquired the film rights and had a swell time with the first movie in 2001, pulling in an inflation-adjusted $1.25 billion.

According to a Variety article in August 2020 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” landed the top spot on box office charts in China , amassing $13.6 million from 16,000 screens.amassing $13.6 million

The movie generated $1.001 billion to date, making it the second instalment in the eight-film franchise to cross the billion-dollar mark. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” the final chapter in the saga, made $1.34 billion worldwide in 2011. In total, the series has grossed $7.74 billion at the box office.

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7. The GodFather grossed $1.33billion

Tagged the most iconic mafia movie of all time, Italian-American author Mario Puzo never imagined how successful his book 'The GodFather' would make him.

The book was released 1963. Francis Ford Coppola made the novel-based film an outstanding success in 1969.

The film grossed $1.33 billion when adjusted for inflation.

Although the film's success led to two sequels, “The Godfather II” and “The Godfather III, ”but like most sequels, they did not compare with the success of the first movie. 

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6. Pinocchio grossed $1.36billion

Based on the children’s book “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Italian author Carlo Collodi, written in 1883. 

Walt Disney produced the film as its second feature-length animation, and it received global acceptance and sparked positive reviews from movie critics in 1940.

After the film's release, it went on to win an Academy Award for its great music.

The movie grossed at $84million, and after adjusting the inflation worldwide gross, it rose to $1.36 billion.

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5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” grossed $1.38billion

The final instalment, “Return of the King,” hit a whopping $1.38 billion in gross.

Produced by Barrie M. Osborne, the great movie hit the screens in December 2003.

The truth is every Lord of the Rings trilogy made more money than its predecessor at the box office.

It starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, and Viggo Mortensen in the leading roles.

The book-to-movie adaptation recorded a consistent win of 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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4.The Jungle Book” grossed $1.4billion

In 1967, Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” received favorable reviews.

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s literary work, "The Jungle Book," was the most successful, recording $205.8 million and an inflation-adjusted worldwide gross of $1.4 billion.

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3. 101 Dalmatians grossed 1.63 billion

101 Dalmatians,” based on the 1956 novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith.

It became one of the most successful Walt Disney movies with worldwide gross of $1.63 billion since its release in 1961.

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2. The Exorcist grossed $2.25 billion

William Peter Blatty's novel of 1973 is popularly known as the second-highest-grossing novel addition of all time.

The film recorded a staggering $441.1million and $2.25 billion when adjusted for inflation.

Named the scariest movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly, the plot follows chronicles of the demonic possession of a young girl and her exorcism by two priests.

The film generated several sequels, which were released in 1977, 1990, 2004, and 2005, respectively.

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1. Gone With the Wind grossed $6.52 billion

“Gone with the Wind,” first released in 1939, was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Margaret Mitchell. 

According to survey reports, it is the highest-grossing movie based on a book with an adjusted worldwide gross of $6.52 billion.

The movie won 10 awards and 8 Oscars and starred Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland, among many others.