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What is your favorite fantasy book series made into a movie? (Shutterstock/-)
Many successful movie series have been adapted from books. Here are several examples that have earned more than US$100 million.
Released accompanying the original book chronicle, Harry Potter is one of the most successful fiction-fantasy adaptations of all time. Its Deathly Hallows: Part 2 raked in more than $380 million, IMDb recorded. The story originated from the eponymous British novel series by J.K. Rowling, which follows an orphan boy named Harry Potter who is born to rival the most evil and feared wizard of that time, Lord Voldemort. The life of the boy and his best friends from when they enroll in a magic school named Hogwarts is described in its eight installments.
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The dystopian post-apocalyptic future film is based on the novels of the same name by American author Suzanne Collins. Although decreasing in scale of income as the movies proceed, the first movie of the total four installments was very successful as it grossed $424,645,577 as of March 28, 2014. The story itself is about young people in the nation of Panem who serve as “tributes” and are pitted against each other until only one survivor remains.
The high fantasy movie series is based on British author J.R.R. Tolkien’s book of the same title from the 1950s. Not only praised for its advanced CG technology, the series also raked in an average gross income of $300 million. The story begins with hobbit Frodo Baggins’ possession of the One Ring, which was created to rule the other Rings of Power and conquer Middle Earth. The ring itself has a power to corrupt its wearer.
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Based on the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth, the Divergent series is one of the newest adaptations to have garnered the viewing public’s attention. Its first installment, Divergent, had the highest gross income of the trilogy with more than $150 million. The story takes place in a futuristic dystopian Chicago whose citizens are divided among five factions. Although she decides to join a faction on Choosing Day, main character Beatrice “Tris” Prior is secretly a Divergent whose existence is forbidden in the society.
Based on the British children’s novel of the same name by author C.S Lewis in the 1950s, The Chronicles of Narnia come in several installments. However, it is safe to say that the first one, titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) remains the most magical, securing the highest gross income at $291,709,845 as of May 5, 2006. The story follows the Pevensie siblings who are summoned to a faraway world named Narnia by the lion Aslan. Together, they fight evil and try to bring the world to its righteous state. (kes)
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