Although there are many books that would be considered a classic, it’s quite a rarity now for a book to take off on its own. We’ve become a society that likes things much sooner than having to sit down and read a 400-page book.
Social media, emails and even online betting has guided us towards wanting instant answers and instant access to information – and sitting down to read a book over many hours just doesn’t fit in with this lifestyle. Instead, we’ve turned to watching films in a much bigger way, where we can find out the whole storyline in less than a couple of hours.
Does that mean that books aren’t important? Absolutely not – when you consider that iconic characters such as James Bond came from a novel first, it’s easy to see why written books are just as, if not more important than the films themselves!
In fact, the two industries work well together because when a film does well, this can often lead to people going out and buying the book to see how the storyline originated. Betway Casino took a look at the most successful book-to-film adaptations…”
Highest Grossing Film Adaptations of Books
According to Box Office Mojo, the top 5 books adapted into movies that made the most money are:
- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 2 – $1.34billion
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – $1.15billion
- Jurassic Park – $1.03billion
- Alice in Wonderland – $1.03billion
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $1.02billion
One of the things that reoccur within these films is that many of them are a series – and the films that have done well aren’t necessarily the first film in the series.
Social media platforms and mainstream media help to build up the hype of a film, which means that when the first one does well even more people want to see the second for fear of missing out on something that everyone else loves.
How Well Do These Movies Do?
When you look at the 10 highest-grossing movies that have been adapted from books, you might be surprised that only a couple of them are rated in the top 10 of IMDB rated movies.
Instead, the IMDB top 10 consists of seven standalone movies – great news for them, but it is worth noting that they didn’t gross as highly as those adapted from books.
Harry Potter films, for example, don’t do as well on IMDB as you might imagine and in fact, if you look at Good Reads which is the book equivalent, they generally score higher.
- Philosopher's Stone – 8.9 on Good Reads and 7.6 on IMDB
- Chamber of Secrets – 8.9 on Good Reads and 7.4 on IMDB
- Prisoner of Azkaban 9.1 on Good Reads and 7.9 on IMDB
This just goes to show that although on the surface films may seem more popular and mainstream, it is actually books that generally set the foundations for this being the case.
After all, it is the films that have a series of books behind them that tend to make film-makers the most money.