The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, a wildly popular young adult series which spawned a $680 million-grossing film, has passed a publishing milestone which puts it on track to become one of the bestselling books of 2012.
More than 50 million copies of the book exist in both print and digital formats, a number which has more than doubled since the beginning of the year when there were 23.5 million copies in print.
The book’s high sales were, according to E! News, no doubt due to the Jennifer Lawrence-starring film released this year.
Scholastic, the series’ publisher, reported that sales break down into 23 million copies of The Hunger Games, 14 million copies of Catching Fire, and 13 million copies of the series ender, Mockingjay.
The books have been on the New York Times best-seller list for 200 consecutive weeks.
“Readers across the nation are captivated by the rich world and strong characters Suzanne Collins has created,” Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic, said in a statement. “It’s thrilling to see teen and adult readers enthralled by the same story and engaged in conversation about these books.”
The big-screen adaptation of Catching Fire is set to begin soon with Lionsgate announcing new additions to the cast everyday. The film will also see the return of main cast members, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks.
The Hunger Games isn’t the only series flying off of shelves; E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey has surpassed the 20 million mark, possibly due to the buzz surrounding its recent movie deal and it’s “mommy porn” characterization.