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    In its first two weeks, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" earned around $58.7 million. In the original book, Percy Jackson is 12 years old. He is 17 in the film.

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    "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" grossed over $226 million worldwide! When Luke is seen playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, he is playing for the Militia, on the Favela level.

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    "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters" sold over 100,000 copies in paperback alone!

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    "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters" movie is out in theaters now!

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    "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" sold about 3,800,000 copies. It was originally called "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone."

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    "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" the movie raked in $974,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. And, just like in the movie, there is an actual platform 9 ¾ you can visit at King’s Cross Tube Station in London.

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    "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" sold about 3 million copies.

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    "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the movie brought in about $878,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. Production of the movie started only three days after the first Harry Potter movie hit theaters.

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    About 2,700,000 HP fans bought "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

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    For "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" movie, Hogwarts students on their way to Divination class were filmed on the spiral staircase at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The movie turned out around $796,000,000 in worldwide box office sales.

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    "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" sold about 2 million copies.

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    On the other hand, the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" movie produced about $896,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. The audition for Harry's love interest in the movie Cho Chang, turned up 3,000 young ladies!

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    Sales for the HP series rose from the last book with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," selling around 3 million copies.

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    The movie did even better with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" bringing in around $940 million worldwide. Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the movie, made the radish earrings she wears in the film! Creative!

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    "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" also sold around 3 million copies.

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    In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" the movie, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (Tom Riddle 11 years old) is Ralph Fiennes’ (Lord Voldemort’s) nephew. It's all in the family! The movie took in around $935,000,000 worldwide.

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    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" sold about 2,800,000. The movies were doing so well, the last movie was split into 2 parts!

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    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" did around $958,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. This was the first of the Harry Potter films to list J.K. Rowling as producer, and the first HP film to not feature Hogwarts at all.

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    The last movie in the HP series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" raked in a staggering $1,300,000,000 worldwide! Every wand seen in every film was created on set and no two wands were the same.

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    The "Series of Unfortunate Events" books sold over 25 million copies worldwide. The movie includes parts from the first three books.

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    "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" movie brought in around $209 million in worldwide box office sales. The movie is the first Nickelodeon movie to win an Academy Award!

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    "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" had a few other titles under consideration, "The First Journey" and "The Ring Sets Out."

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    "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" the movie brought in about 871,500,000 in worldwide box office sales. By the end of filming, eight of the nine members of the fellowship got the Elvish number nine tattooed on their bodies.

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    "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is the second volume in the series.

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    "The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers" the movie took in about 926,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. Director Peter Jackson has a musical chameo where he plays a single gong sound on the movie score.

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    "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was published as the third and final part of the series on October, 20 1955.

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    "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" the movie has 11 Oscars to its name, sweeping every category it was nominated for, and raked in a stunning $1,119,000,000 worldwide.

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    "The Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit"was published in 1937 and is a recognized classic in children's literature.

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    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" brought in about $1,017,000,000. Since Frodo was supposed to be even younger than he was in "The Fellowship of the Ring," Elijah Wood’s face was digitally altered to look younger for the filming of this movie.

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    Classic children's story "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" has sold about 85,000,000 book copies.

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    "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" brought in about $745,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. Three different types of swords during filming: aluminum, steel, and rubber.

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    "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" was the inspiration for a song of the same name on the Phish album "Billy Breathes."

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    "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the third novel in the series, and was published in 1952.

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    "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" did about $419,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. During filming Georgie Henley (Lucy) lost two baby teeth.

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    There were almost 200 visual effects artists involved in the creation of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" the movie. The film brought in about $416,000,000 in worldwide box office sales.

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    About 23 million people bought "The Hunger Games." Lead actress Jennifer Lawrence was a big fan of the book series before she even learned they were being made into movies.

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    "The Hunger Games" movie grossed about $690 million in worldwide box office sales. Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) was offered the part without even auditioning because director Gary Ross liked his brief role in the 2009 film "Precious."

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    "Catching Fire" sold about 14 million copies and is the second book in the series.

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    "Catching Fire" the movie was shot around Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Hawaii. The film is set to be released this fall.

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    Edward & Bella in "Twilight" brought in about 370,000,000 in total book sales. Author Stephanie Meyer claims that she got the idea for the characters in the novel through a dream.

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    "Twilight" the movie did about $400 million in worldwide box office sales. Kristen Stewart’s natural eye color is green, but she wore brown contact lenses to play the part of Bella.

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    "Twilight: Eclipse" did about 260,000,000 in total book sales.

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    In order to maintain PG-13 status, the "Twilight: Eclipse" film censors couldn’t allow the wolves to have genitalia. The film raked in $698 million in worldwide box office sales.

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    "Twilight: New Moon" sold about 372,500,000 in total book sales.

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    There were rumors Taylor Lautner would not resume his part as Jacob Black in "Twilight: New Moon" because producers were too worried he wouldn’t become buff enough in time for filming. Taylor's washboard abs brought in $709 million worldwide.

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    The last book in the series "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" brought in about 705,000,000 in total book sales, and had to be split into two parts for the film.

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    "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" attracted about $712,000,000 in worldwide box office sales. The blood in the gory birthing scenes with Bella is just strawberry jam and cream cheese! Yum!!

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    A robotic baby and a 3-week old baby were both used in the filming of the final Twilight installment "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2." The movie raked in about $830,000,000 in worldwide box office sales.

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