Box Office

by John Robert Marlow

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Adaptation madness continues unabated as we move into 2017. These are the top 100 highest-grossing film adaptations of all time. As of February 2017, eight of the top ten, 16 of the top 20, and well over 50 of the top 100 highest-grossing films are adaptations. Figures shown are worldwide theatrical (box office) receipts, rounded to the nearest million.

Note that many successful films earn as much or more from other revenue streams (merchandising, licensing, etc.) than they do from ticket sales. Rank indicates the film’s box office standing among all films (including non-adaptations), followed by its rank among adaptations (A). Updated January 27, 2017.

MOVIE  CODE  RANK  BOX OFFICE  SOURCE MATERIAL 
Titanic  HIS  2 / 1A  $2,187,000,000  The sinking of the Titanic 
Jurassic World  NOV  4 / 2A  $1,670,000,000  Jurassic Park & The Lost World 
Marvel’s The Avengers  COM  5 / 3A  $1,519,000,000  Various Marvel comics 
Furious 7  ART  6 / 4A  $1,519,000,000  Racer X 
Avengers: Age of Ultron  COM  7 / 5A  $1,405,000,000  Various Marvel comics 
Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows, Part 2 
NOV  8 / 6A  $1,342,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows 
Frozen  MLF  9 / 7A  $1,277,000,000  The Snow Queen 
Iron Man 3  COM  10 / 8A  $1,215,000,000  Iron Man comics 
Captain America: Civil War  COM  12 / 9A  $1,153,000,000  Captain America comics 
Transformers:
Dark of the Moon 
GAM  13 / 10A  $1,124,000,000  Transformers toys 
The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King 
NOV  14 / 11A  $1,120,000,000  The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King 
Skyfall  NOV  15 / 12A  $1,109,000,000  James Bond series 
Transformers:
Age of Extinction 
GAM  16 / 13A  $1,104,000,000  Transformers toys 
The Dark Knight Rises  COM  17 / 14A  $1,085,000,000  Batman comics 
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man’s Chest 
THM  19 / 15A  $1,066,000,000  POTC theme park ride 
Pirates of the Caribbean:
On Stranger Tides 
THM  20 / 16A  $1,046,000,000  POTC theme park ride
Jurassic Park  NOV  21 / 17A  $1,029,000,000  Jurassic Park 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)  NOV  24 / 18A  $1,026,000,000  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and
Through the Looking Glass 
The Hobbit:
An Unexpected Journey 
NOV  26 / 19A  $1,021,000,000  The Hobbit 
The Dark Knight  COM  28 / 20A  $1,005,000,000  Batman comics 
Harry Potter and the
Sorceror’s Stone 
NOV  29 / 21A  $975,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Sorceror’s Stone 
The Jungle Book (2016)  SSC  32 / 22A  $967,000,000  The Jungle Book 
Pirates of the Caribbean
At World’s End 
THM  33 / 23A  $963,000,000  POTC theme park ride 
Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows Part 1 
NOV  34 / 24A  $960,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows, Part 1 
The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug 
NOV  35 / 25A  $958,000,000  The Hobbit 
The Hobbit:
The Battle of the Five Armies 
NOV  36 / 26A  $956,000,000  The Hobbit 
Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix 
NOV  38 / 27A  $940,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix 
Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince 
NOV  39 / 28A  $934,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince 
The Lord of the Rings:
The Two Towers 
NOV  40 / 29A  $926,000,000  The Lord of the Rings:
The Two Towers 
Shrek 2  NOV  41 / 30A  $920,000,000  Shrek! 
Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire 
NOV  42 / 31A  $897,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire 
Spider-Man 3  COM  43 / 32A  $891,000,000  Spider-Man series 
Spectre  NOV  45 / 33A  $881,000,000  James Bond series 
Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets 
NOV  42 / 34A  $879,000,000  Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets 
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  COM  49 / 43A  $873,000,000  Batman, Superman and other DC comics 
The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring 
NOV  50 / 44A  $872,000,000  The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire  NOV  51 / 45A  $866,000,000  Catching Fire 
Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen 
GAM  54 / 46A  $836,000,000  Transformers toys 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2  NOV  55 / 47A  $830,000,000  The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn 
Spider-Man  COM  57 / 48A  $822,000,000  Spider-Man comics 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  NOV  59 / 49A  $808,000,000  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
Shrek the Third  NOV  60 / 50A  $799,000,000  Shrek!
Harry Potter and the 
Prisoner of Azkaban
NOV  61 / 51A  $797,000,000  Harry Potter and the 
Prisoner of Azkaban
Fast & Furious 6  ART  63 / 52A  $789,000,000  Racer X 
Spider-Man 2  COM  65 / 53A  $784,000,000  Spider-Man series 
Deadpool  COM  66 / 54A  $783,000,000  Deadpool and other Marvel comics 
Guardians of the Galaxy  COM  68 / 55A  $773,000,000  Various Marvel comics 
Maleficent  MLF  70 / 56A  $759,000,000  La Belle au bois dormant 
The Da Vinci Code  NOV  71 / 57A  $758,000,000  The Da Vinci Code 
The Amazing Spider-Man  COM  72 / 58A  $758,000,000  Spider-Man comics 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1  NOV  73 / 59A  $755,000,000  Mockingjay 
Shrek Forever After  NOV  74 / 60A  $753,000,000  Shrek! 
X-Men: Days of Future Past  COM  75 / 61A  $748,000,000  The X-Men comics 
Suicide Squad  COM  77 / 62A  $746,000,000  Suicide Squad comics 
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, The Witch,
and the Wardrobe 
NOV  78 / 63A  $745,000,000  The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, The Witch,
and the Wardrobe 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier  COM  83 / 64A  $714,000,000  Captain America comics 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1  NOV  84 / 65A  $712,000,000  The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  NOV  85 / 66A  $712,000,000  La Planète des Singes 
The Twilight Saga:
New Moon 
NOV  86 / 67A  $710,000,000  The Twilight Saga:
New Moon 
Transformers  GAM  87 / 68A  $710,000,000  Transformers toys 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2  COM  88 / 69A  $709,000,000  Spider-Man comics 
The Twilight Saga:
Eclipse 
NOV  89 / 70A  $699,000,000  The Twilight Saga:
Eclipse 
Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol  TVS  90 / 70A  $695,000,000  Mission: Impossible 
The Hunger Games  NOV  91 / 71A  $694,000,000  The Hunger Games 
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation  TVS  92 / 72A  $682,000,000  Mission: Impossible 
Forrest Gump  NOV  93 / 73A  $678,000,000  Forrest Gump 
Man of Steel  COM  96 / 74A  $668,000,000  Superman comics 
Doctor Strange  COM  99 / 75A  $660,000,000  Doctor Strange comics 
Big Hero 6  COM  100 / 76A  $658,000,000  Big Hero 6 comics 
Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl 
THM  101 / 77A  $654,000,000  POTC theme park ride 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2  NOV  102 / 78A  $653,000,000  Mockingjay 
Thor: The Dark World  COM  104 / 79A  $645,000,000  Thor comics 
The Martian  NOV  107 / 80A  $630,000,000  Mockingjay 
Fast Five  ART  108 / 81A  $626,000,000  Racer X 
Men in Black 3  COM  110 / 82A  $624,000,000  Men in Black comics 
Iron Man 2  COM  111 / 83A  $624,000,000  Iron Man comics 
How to Train Your Dragon 2  NOV  112 / 84A  $622,000,000  How to Train Your Dragon series 
Jurassic Park: The Lost World  NOV  114 / 85A  $619,000,000  The Lost World 
The Passion of the Christ  REL  115 / 86A  $612,000,000  The Bible (New Testament) 
Mama Mia!  SNG  116 / 87A  $610,000,000  Mama Mia! 
Life of Pi  NOV  117 / 88A  $609,000,000  Life of Pi 
Casino Royale  NOV/MOV  119 / 89A  $599,000,000  Casino Royale 
Tangled  MLF  120 / 90A  $592,000,000  Rapunzel 
War of the Worlds  NOV  121 / 91A  $592,000,000  The War of the Worlds 
Men In Black  COM  122 / 92A  $589,000,000  Men in Black comics 
Quantum of Solace  NOV  125 / 93A  $586,000,000  James Bond series 
I Am Legend  NOV/MOV  126 / 94A  $585,000,000  I Am Legend/Omega Man 
Iron Man  COM  127 / 95A  $585,000,000  Iron Man comics 
Night at the Museum  NOV  129 / 96A  $575,000,000  The Night at the Museum 
Fifty Shades of Grey  NOV  130 / 97A  $571,000,000  Fifty Shades of Grey 
The Smurfs  COM/TVS  131 / 98A  $564,000,000  The Smurfs comics 
Puss in Boots  MLF  133 / 99A  $555,000,000  Puss in Boots 
King Kong (2005)  MOV  136 / 100A  $551,000,000  King Kong (1933) 
American Sniper  NFB  138 / 101A  $547,000,000  American Sniper 
Mission Impossible II  TVS  139 / 102A  $546,000,000  Mission: Impossible 
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  NOV/STO  140 / 103A  $545,000,000  Sherlock Homes novels
and short stories 

CODES indicate the type of source material on which the films were based: ART (article in magazine, newspaper, etc.); BLG (blog); COM (comic book / graphic novel); HIS (historic event); MLF (myth / legend / faery tale); MOV (movie remake / spinoff); MOVs (movie short); NFB (nonfiction book); NOV (novel or children’s book); POEM (poem); RAD (radio show); SNG (song); STO (short story); SSC (short story collection); GAM (game / toy); THM (theme park / theme park ride); TRU (true-life story); TVS (television series).

As used on this site, “adaptation” includes screen stories / screenplays based on books (fiction and nonfiction), short stories, plays, comic books, magazine articles, true-life stories, historical events, myths and legends, faery tales, previous films and film shorts, tv series, theme park rides, games, toys, blogs, songs—pretty much anything adaptable. Sequels, prequels and spinoffs are not considered adaptations of the preceding film, unless the first film in the series was an adaptation. Remakes of earlier films are considered adaptations.