PHOTO GALLERY: Children’s Books Made Into Movies

/ July 24, 2010

Children’s movies are notorious for raking in obscene amounts of money, even when the overall Hollywood box office is faltering (I’m looking at you Jonah Hex and MacGruber). So why do these movies have a higher chance of becoming hits?

Probably because most of them are based on best selling children’s novels, many of which have been in publication for over 50 years and already have built-in fan bases. Audiences are attracted to the time-tested material, and parents don’t mind taking their children to movies based on books they grew up reading.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, for example, written in 1865, made over $1 billion dollars as a movie in 2010. 

Others, like the wildly successful Harry Potter movies and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, succeed on film because of the massive amount of kids (and adults) who’ve read the books and who’ll gladly walk on fire for anything new in these franchises.

Here’s our selection of favorite children’s books turned into movies.