From book to screen: Top grossing film adaptations of Stephen King's bestsellers

Two feature films based on stories by Stephen King this year, It (left) and The Dark Tower.
Two feature films based on stories by Stephen King this year, It (left) and The Dark Tower.PHOTOS: WARNER BROS. PICTURES, SONY PICTURES

The recent release of two feature films based on stories by Stephen King this year, It and The Dark Tower, has put the spotlight on the numerous movies adapted from the best-selling American author's works. Another new film adaptation, Gerald's Game, is set to be released on streaming service Netflix at the end of this month.

Here are the top-grossing films in the international and United States markets so far.

Top international box office

1. The Green Mile (1999)


Cinema still: The Green Mile starring Tom Hanks (left) and Michael Clarke Duncan. 
PHOTO: MEDIAWORKS 

US$286.8 million (S$385 million )

Tom Hanks stars as a prison guard while Michael Clarke Duncan is a prisoner on Death Row with a mysterious gift. The film was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay for director and writer Frank Darabont.

2. It (2017)

US$179.2 million

A group of children are terrorised by a terrifying clown and face their own demons. The story, from King's 1986 novel of the same name, was earlier adapted into a 1990 television series.

3. 1408 (2007)


Cinema still: 1408 starring John Cusack. 
PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

US$132 million

A sceptical author played by John Cusack rents a notorious New York City hotel room and goes through paranormal experiences.

4. The Dark Tower (2017)

US$107.3 million

Despite mostly negative reviews, King's tale of a gunslinger who goes up against a villain intent on bringing down a mythical Dark Tower topped the US box office on its opening weekend.

5. Secret Window (2004)


Cinema still: Secret Window starring Johnny 
Depp. 
PHOTO: COLUMBIA TRISTAR 

US$92.9 million

Johnny Depp stars as a depressed author accused of plagiarising another man's work.

6. Carrie (2013)


Cinema still: Carrie starring Julianne Moore (left) and Chloe Grace Moretz. PHOTO: SONY PICTURES 

US$84.8 million

The third film adaptation of King's 1974 novel about a young female outcast who develops telekinetic powers.

7. Dreamcatcher (2003)

US$75.7 million

Based on King's 2001 novel, four old friends on a camping trip go up against parasitic aliens.


Cinema still: Dreamcatcher starring (from left) 
Damian Lewis, Thomas Jane, Timothy Olyphant
and Jason Lee. 
PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

8. The Mist (2007)


Cinema still: The Mist. PHOTO: STARHUB 

US$57.3 million

A small town is plagued by monsters that appear after a thunderstorm. King's 1980 novella has also been adapted into a television series released in June this year.

 

9. Hearts In Atlantis (2001)

US$30.9 million

Anthony Hopkins stars as a mysterious old man who bonds with a young boy played by the late Anton Yelchin.

Top US box office (international figures are not available)

1. The Green Mile (1999)

US$136.8 million

2. It (2017)

US$117.2 million

3. 1408 (2007)

US$72 million

4. Misery (1990)

US$61.3 million

Kathy Bates wins a Best Actress Oscar playing a psychotic fan who holds her favourite author captive after a car crash.

5. Pet Sematary (1989)


Cinema Still: Pet Sematary. 
PHOTO: STARHUB 

US$57.5 million

Tragedy strikes a family after they move to a house in a rural town with a supernatural burial ground.

6. Stand By Me (1986)


Cinema still: Stand By Me. 
PHOTO: COLUMBIA PICTURES 

US$52.3 million

Based on King's 1982 novella The Body, four boys from a small town go on a quest to find the body of a missing child.

7. The Dark Tower (2017)

US$48.9 million

8. Secret Window (2004)

US$48 million

9. The Shining (1980)


Cinema still: The Shining starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. 
PHOTO: UNKNOWN 

US$44 million

Produced and directed by late film icon Stanley Kubrick, the story of a writer, played by Jack Nicholson, holed up in an hotel with his wife and child is widely regarded as one of the best horror films ever made.

10. The Running Man (1987)


Cinema still: The Running Man 
starring Arnold 
Schwarzenegger. PHOTO: HBO 

US$38.1 million

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this film set in a dystopian future where criminals are made to fight for their survival on a game show.