10 Highest Grossing Film Adaptations

Ok, well not all time, but these are definitely the highest grossing film adaptations and from that I gleaned this: Harry Potter dominates. I think that is the obvious conclusion that can be made from this compiled list of highest grossing film adaptations. With every book on the list only to be broken up by LOTR and Jurassic Park, Harry Potter reigns at the box office. I have to say though, Twilight is not in the top ten and we have Harry Potter to thank for that. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Gross Revenue: $1,119,110,941

This very successful film trilogy captivated the world, and rightfully so. They are even releasing a new film for the franchise called The Hobbit. The Return of the King is most definitely a fan favorite.  And so it stands as the highest grossing film adaptation with staggering billion-dollar revenue.


Alice in Wonderland

Gross Revenue: $1,024,299,801

In 2010, the world was graced with this remake of the popular children’s book written by Lewis Carroll.  I am not sure how this grossed so much revenue, whether it was because of the all-star cast, or the brilliantly colored world that it is set in but the film is the second highest grossing adaptation.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Gross Revenue: $974,733,550

The list is filled with Harry Potter. Seriously. It is only fitting that the first film of the series, based on the series by J.K. Rowling, is the highest grossing of the others. It sits at number 3 because very few people HAVENT seen this movie (or at least read the book).


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Gross Revenue: $952,241,070

It seemed over time, that the Harry Potter film series just got so much better. (Similarly to the book series if you think about it). They got more intense and more awesome and the cinematics more beautiful. This film was also one of the most anticipated of the series, so it stands at number 4.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Gross Revenue: $938,212,738

Number 5 on the list is of course Harry Potter again. This film was very climatic as it was building up to the end and because of that many people vowed to see it. And apparently they all did, because its gross revenue is above the 900 million mark.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Gross Revenue: $933,959,197

It is almost as if every Harry Potter movie is on the top grossing films. And understandably so. You can’t start a series only to quit watching half way through. And so diehards kept watching and new lovers began watching getting this one to the number 6 spot.


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Gross Revenue: $925,282,504

Finally a non-Harry Potter entry in the list. The Two Towers was a universally loved film for families and die-hard fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. Not only did kids love the films, but so do young adults and older audiences. At number 7, it joins the ranks of other fantasy worlds in highest grossing awesomeness.


Jurassic Park

Gross Revenue: $914,691,118

The one and only by it self entry. Like the others, this film was part of a series but it is argued that the other films that followed it could never compete with the original .I have to agree. This is a fantastic sci-fi film set in the real world. It captivated the world and brought the love for dinosaurs to the forefront. It sits at number 8 sandwiched between LOTR and Harry Potter.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Gross Revenue: $895,921,036

Easily my favorite of the series. Not sure why, maybe is my love for Cedric Diggory at its finest but either way its fantastic. It is the first on the list to gross less than 900 million but who can complain with the revenue of 895 million dollars? Not the folks at Harry Potter because they have 6 other films to fall back on.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Gross Revenue: $878,643,482

This makes the list at number 10. I think because after the first film people were just beginning to fall in love with the series. All the films afterward garnered tons more attention. So even though it’s only at 10 on the list it still beat out Twilight and that’s a win for everyone.

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