When it comes to horror or the darkest, most twisted ideas, Stephen King takes the crown. And a big notch in his belt is having the most adaptations of any author. But keeping track of each adaptation’s box office performance can be daunting.
His first book Carrie kicked off his literary career and began the snowball that would be his adaptations. The film ended up grossing over $33 million. It was four years later that King’s novel The Shining was released and made ten million more than Carrie did. That’s an excellent amount considering the budget was $19 million.
King’s continuous hits brought us classics like The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999). Together the films pulled more than $350 million with The Green Mile alone grossing almost $300m on it’s own. Incredible, right? Secret Window (2004) and 1408 (2007) were a build-up to King’s biggest adaptation: this year’s IT. The freaky adaptation has reviews that range from so-so to so-scary, but with a budget of $35 million, pulling in over $500m more than that is a pretty swell deal, wouldn’t you say?
Things have changed a lot since Carrie premiered, but the one thing that won’t change is our love of Stephen King. Witness his glory with this breakdown infographic.
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