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YA Movie Countdown: Which Young-Adult Films Will Be the Big Moneymakers of 2014?

Finnick_Holding_MoneyAnticipation is one thing, but this is a business and that means that come release time, our six impending young adult book-to-film adaptations will primarily be judged by their box office hauls – especially considering four of the six are part of multiple-book series. Things can change, particularly if some of these prove to be high quality adaptations, but at the moment, here’s how the box office potential of this year’s crop of YA films breaks down.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
February 7

This one is going to be a toss-up. The Weinstein Company just uprooted Vampire Academyfrom its original Valentine’s Day release and plopped it back down in the February 7 slot where it’ll face off against The Lego Movie and Monuments Men. Even though both are potential big earners, this could be a smart move because not only is February 14 overloaded with new material, but that new material includes two films that could threaten some of Vampire Academy’s target audience: the Alex Pettyfer romance Endless Love and the book-to-film adaptation Winter’s Tale.

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YA Movie Countdown: The Most Anticipated Young-Adult Movie Adaptations of 2014

Vampire_AcademyEven though the YA-to-film category has experienced hits and misses this year, those hits were still enough to compel the industry to forge forward with more young-adult properties. Like last year, there are quite a few worth keeping track of coming our way, so before we forge forward with that 2014 lineup, we want to make sure you’ve got all the basics on the ones that could become or continue to be the next big thing.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
February 14

What It Is: Vampire Academy features Lucy Fry and Zoey Deutch as Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway, respectively. They both attend the same school – St. Vladimir’s Academy – but are plowing through two totally different curriculums because Lucy is a Moroi and Rose is a Dhampir. Or, better yet, Lucy is a vampire and Rose is the half-human/half-vampire who’s being trained to protect her. In addition to the Moroi, there are also Strigoi vampires lurking about and they’re out to kill Moroi because by dining on vampires rather than humans or Dhampir’s, they stay stronger, faster and are also immortal.

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YA Movie Countdown: The Potential Pros and Cons of Adapting ‘The Giver’

The_Giver_Book_CoverWhen you’re adapting a book that’s been showered in recognition and is in just about every single grade school curriculum across the country, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. However, if you do it right, the source material’s renowned status could bolster the film’s impact, and hopefully that will be the case with The Weinstein Company’s adaptation of The Giver.

What It’s About

In case you’re like me and managed to avoid reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver in middle school and high school, the story takes place in a society of “sameness.” As children get older, they get different items and/or privileges depending on their age. Each December, those turning seven get a front-button jacket, the eights are allowed to begin volunteer hours, the nines get bicycles, the tens get haircuts, and the elevens receive more mature garments. But it’s the final ceremony, the Ceremony of Twelve, that’s the big one because that’s the age at which a child must swap his or her volunteer hours, and essentially their youth, for a job assignment.

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