Top Grossing Movies Based on Books

Books that are adapted into movies can be a big box office draw. Not only is there the typical movie goer, but also a built in fan base of readers. People want to see how the characters and stories they love come to life, even if the adaptation doesn’t quite capture their vision. Here are the top five movies of all time that were based on books.

#5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit was released in 1937 to critical acclaim. The latest re-imagining has been developed into a series of films, all directed by Peter Jackson. While reception critically has been lackluster, this installment earned over $1,017,003,568 worldwide.

#4 Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Tim Burton’s unique style was perfect for the remake of Lewis Carrol’s classic books. Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel, is set to be released May 27, 2016. The film managed to earn $1,025,491,110 worldwide.

#3 Jurassic Park (1993)
Michael Crichton’s cautionary tale has spun several big hitting sequels, but it still remains in the top five of all time. It’s not only one of the highest grossing films ($1,038,812,584), it’s a staple of any millenial’s childhood.

#2 The Lord of the Rings- The Return of the King (2003)
The final Installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was the highest grossing of the three movies making over $1,141,408,667. It was also one of the most anticipated films in fantasy history. Jackson filmed the entire content of the books and released extended DVDs to please long time fans of the books.

#1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (2011)
The final movie in the Harry Potter series has made over $1,341,511,219 making it the number one movie based on a book ever. While the series took a decidedly darker tone in its final films, the world of Hogwarts has managed to capture the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world.