Top 100 Adaptations

by John Robert Marlow

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Adaptation madness continues unabated as we move into 2019. These are the top 100 highest-grossing film adaptations of all time. As of March 2019, 8 of the top 10, 15 of the top 20, and 71 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 adaptations (A), followed by its rank among the top-grossing films overall (including non-adaptations). Updated February 23, 2019.

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); REL (religious text); 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, musicals, comic books, magazine articles, true-life stories, historical events, myths-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.

Top 100 Highest-Grossing Adaptations

Top 100 Highest-Grossing Adaptations

TitanicHIS1 Adap / 2 overall$2,187,000,000The sinking of the Titanic
Avengers: Infinity WarCOM2A / 4$2,048,000,000Various Marvel comics
Jurassic WorldNOV3A / 5$1,672,000,000Jurassic Park / The Lost World / Jurassic World
Marvel's The AvengersCOM4A / 6$1,519,000,000Various Marvel comics
Furious 7ART5A / 7$1,516,000,000Racer X
Avengers: Age of UltronCOM6A / 8$1,405,000,000Various Marvel comics
Black PantherCOM7A / 9$1,347,000,000Black Panther comics
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2NOV8A / 10$1,342,000,000Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomNOV9A / 12$1,309,000,000Jurassic Park / Lost World / Jurassic World
FrozenMLF10A 13$1,276,000,000The Snow Queen
Beauty and the BeastMLF11A / 14$1.263,000,000Beauty and the Beast
The Fate of the FuriousART12A / 16$1,236,000,000Racer X
Iron Man 3COM13A / 17$1,215,000,000Iron Man comics
Captain America: Civil WarCOM14A / 19$1,153,000,000Various Marvel comics
AquamanCOM15A / 20$1,136,000,000Aquaman
Transformers: Dark of the MoonGAM16A / 21$1,124,000,000Transformers toys
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingNOV17A / 22$1,120,000,000LOTR: The Return of the King
SkyfallNOV18A / 23$1,109,000,000James Bond series
Transformers: Age of ExtinctionGAM19A / 24$1,104,000,000Transformers toys
The Dark Knight RisesCOM20A / 25$1,089,000,000Batman comics
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's ChestTHM21A / 27$1,066,000,000POTC theme park ride
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesTHM22A / 29$1,046,000,000POTC theme park ride
Jurassic ParkNOV23A / 31$1,029,000,000Jurassic Park
Alice in WonderlandNOV24A / 34$1,025,000,000Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyNOV25A / 36$1,021,000,000The Hobbit
The Dark KnightCOM26A / 37$1,005,000,000Batman comics
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's StoneNOV27A / 38$975,000,000Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
The Jungle BookSSC28A / 41$967,000,000The Jungle Book
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndTHM29A / 42$963,000,000POTC theme park ride
Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleNOV30A / 43$962,000,000Jumanji
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1NOV31A / 44$960,000,000Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugNOV32A / 45$958,000,000The Hobbit
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesNOV33A / 46$956,000,000The Hobbit
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixNOV34A / 48$940,000,000Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceNOV35A / 49$934,000,000Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersNOV36A / 50$926,000,000LOTR: The Two Towers
Shrek 2NOV37A / 51$920,000,000Shrek!
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireNOV38A / 52$897,000,000Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Spider-Man 3COM39A / 53$891,000,000Spider-Man comics
SpectreNOV40A / 55$881,000,000James Bond series
Spider-Man: HomecomingCOM41A / 56$880,000,000Spider-Man comics
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsNOV42A / 57$879,000,000Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeCOM43A / 60$874,000,000Batman and Superman comics
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingNOV44A / 61$871,000,000LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNOV45A / 63$865,000,000Catching Fire
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2COM46A / 64$864,000,000Various Marvel comics
VenomCOM47A / 66$855,000,000Venom comic character
Bohemian RhapsodyTRU48A / 67$855,000,000Life and times of Freddy Mercury and his band Queen
Thor: RagnarokCOM49A / 68$854,000,000Thor and Hulk comics
Transformers: Revenge of the FallenGAM50A / 70$836,000,000Transformers toys
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2NOV51A / 71$831,000,000The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Wonder WomanCOM52A / 73$822,000,000Wonder Woman comics
Spider-ManCOM53A / 74$822,000,000Spider-Man comics
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find ThemNOV54A / 76$814,000,000Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Shrek the ThirdNOV55A / 78$799,000,000Shrek!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanNOV56A / 79$797,000,000Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesTHM57A / 80$795,000,000POTC theme park ride
Mission: Impossible -
TVS58A / 82$791,000,000Mission Impossible TV series
Fast & Furious 6ART59A / 83$789,000,000Racer X
Deadpool 2COM60A / 85$785,000,000Deadpool and other Marvel comics
Guardians of the GalaxyCOM61A / 89$773,000,000Various Marvel comics
MaleficentMLF62A / 91$759,000,000La Belle au bois dormant
The Da Vinci CodeNOV63A / 92$758,000,000The Da Vinci Code
The Amazing Spider-ManCOM64A / 93$758,000,000Spider-Man comics
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1NOV65A / 94$337,000,000Mockingjay
Shrek Forever AfterNOV66A / 95$753,000,000Shrek!
X-Men: Days of Future PastCOM67A / 96$748,000,000The X-Men comics
Suicide SquadCOM68A / 98$747,000,000Suicide Squad comics
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeNOV69A / 99$745,000,000The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Captain America: The Winter SoldierCOM70A / 104$714,000,000Captain America comics
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1NOV71A / 105$712,000,000The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesNOV72A / 106$711,000,000La Planete des Singes
The Twilight Saga: New MoonNOV73A / 107$710,000,000The Twilight Saga: New Moon
TransformersGAM74A / 108$710,000,000Transformers toys
The Amazing Spider-Man 2COM75A / 109$709,000,000Spider-Man comics
ItNOV76A / 110$700,000,000It
The Twilight Saga: EclipseNOV77A / 111$698,000,000The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolTVS78A / 112$695,000,000Mission: Impossible TV series
The Hunger GamesNOV79A / 113$694,000,000The Hunger Games
Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationTVS80A / 114$683,000,000Mission: Impossible TV series
Forrest GumpNOV81A / 115$678,000,000Forrest Gump
Doctor StrangeCOM82A / 116$678,000,000Doctor Strange comics
Man of SteelCOM83A / 119$668,000,000Superman comics
Justice LeagueCOM84A / 122$658,000,000Justice League comics
Big Hero 6COM85A / 123$658,000,000Big Hero 6 comics
Pirates of the Carbbean: The Curse of the Black PearlTHM86A/ 124$654,000,000POTC theme park ride
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2NOV87A / 125$653,000,000Mockingjay
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldNOV88A / 126$653,000,000Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Thor: The Dark WorldCOM89A / 128$645,000,000Thor comics
The MartianNOV90A / 133$630,000,000The Martian
Fast FiveART91A / 134$621,000,000Racer X
Men in Black 3COM92A / 136$624,000,000Men in Black comics
Iron Man 2COM93A / 137$624,000,000Iron Man comics
Ant-Man and the WaspCOM94A / 138$623,000,000Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne comic characters
How to Train Your Dragon 2NOV95A / 139$621,000,000How to Train Your Dragon series
LoganCOM96A / 141$619,000,000Old Man Logan (an alternative-future Wolverine story)
The Lost World: Jurassic ParkNOV97A / 142$619,000,000The Lost World
The Passion of the ChristREL98A / 143$612,000,000The Bible (New Testament)
Mamma Mia!SNG99A / 144$610,000,000Mamma Mia!
Life of PiNOV100A / 145$609,000,000Life of Pi