How Frank Miller's cult comic 300 was transformed into a box-office blockbuster.
Neither the seventy-million dollars that Zack Snyder's adaptation of 300 made on its opening weekend nor the more than two hundred million dollars it has grossed in the United States alone as of this writing can be attributed primarily to the readers of Frank Miller's original graphic novel. (Miller's book, while a cult item among comic aficionados, was never much of a crossover success, but even for best sellers, the number of viewers for a hit adaptation is far greater than the number of readers.) And yet within weeks of the film's release, Hollywood studios green-lit other graphic-novel adaptations, eager to replicate its success. 300, of course, was not the first major adaptation of one of Miller's works; Robert Rodriguez's Sin City made more than one hundred and fifty million dollars internationally in 2005.
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