Fans of the young adult vampire and werewolf love triangle saga "Twilight" said goodbye to their beloved Bella, Edward and Jake this weekend with big bucks. "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2" raked in a staggering $141 million opening weekend, trumping the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall" by a whopping hundred million dollars. The fourth and final film in the franchise opened this weekend to big fanfare, helped along by the off-screen romantic calamities of the films' biggest stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
The four-part "Twilight" franchise is based on novels by the same names written by Stephenie Meyer. The books were a huge hit, topping bestseller charts everywhere. Since the first film's opening in 2008, the entire series has brought in more than $2.6 billion in worldwide box office receipts, making it one of the most successful series of films adapted from novels of all time. The franchise has also helped create legitimate box office stars out of its three leads, Pattinson, Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
We thought it'd be fun to take a look at a few more films that were inspired by books that also brought in a ton of dough at the cinemas.
"The Lord Of the Rings" Trilogy - Next month director Peter Jackson will debut the first in his new trilogy of films based on books written by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit" films will wind-up serving as the prequels to Jackson's first "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, just as in Tolkien's work. The first trilogy was a smashing success in every sense of the word. Three epic films spanned the voluminous written works of Tolkien and brought in nearly three billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. The series also took home a total of seventeen Academy Awards, making it easily one of the most lucrative and acclaimed film series of all time.
The "Harry Potter" Films - Eight films were created from the seven books that author J.K. Rowling penned about a young boy who becomes a great and powerful wizard. Harry, Ron and Hermione weren't just profitable characters for Rowling's beloved book series either. The eight films worldwide generated over seven billion dollars in revenue from box office receipts alone. Strangely, none of the Potter films got much love from the Academy, but that obviously didn't stop audiences from showing up at the theater in droves to watch their favorite teenage wizard battle the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort.
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