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From Page to Screen: The Most Profitable Book Adaptations

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italic’>those film classics were all adapted from novels
Life of Pi captured the same audience that loved the book to the tune of $600 million, and 2015’s Fifty Shades of Gray seduced its readers to the tune of $570 million. That same year was also a bonanza for author Michael Punke whose obscure novel The Revenant became a Golden Globe and Academy award-winning movie which grossed over half a billion dollars. More recently, director Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit amassed two Golden Globe nominations and other accolades (plus $88.4 million worldwide) with a film based on the critically acclaimed novel ‘Caging Skies’, by Christine Leunens.

Forrest Gump based on a novel that sold only 30,000 copies grossed over $670 million dollars. It later became a best-seller thanks to the Tom Hanks blockbuster.

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‘Dr. No’ by Ian Fleming which spawned Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man With the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is not Enough. Die Another Day, Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Soave, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die. Total Worldwide Box Office: $7.1 billion

7. Planet of The Apes