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Highest Grossing, Inflation Adjusted

Long before Harry Potter and the Twilight series captivated global audiences, the movie industry has been adapting successful books to movies, translating literary successes into box office blockbusters. Popular books have an established fan base and movies bring these highly popular stories to life.

You don’t have to look far to find book-inspired films with major box office success. Titles include “Forrest Gump,” “Shrek,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Da Vinci Code” and more. But which book-inspired movies are the most successful of all time?

To find out, CNBC.com analyzed data from BoxOfficeMojo.com, a subsidiary of IMDB that aggregates data on box office receipts. This list reflects the worldwide box office gross for the most successful movies based on BoxOfficeMojo’s data, adjusted for inflation using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For films released across the decades, adjusting for inflation provides a true comparison between films from different years and reveals that some classic films outdo even today's most successful blockbusters.

So, what are the highest grossing book-inspired movies of all time? Click ahead to find out.

By Paul Toscano and Jill Weinberger
Posted 17 November 2011

Photo: New Line Cinema