Will The Mortal Instruments be the next Twilight or Hunger Games? We're about to find out. The film adaption of the first book, City of Bones, in Cassandra Clare's bestselling series (there are six books in total) will hit theatres this week. The Mortal Instruments follows Clary Fray, who learns she is a Shadowhunter, a human with angelic blood destined to protect the world from demons.
The book series is already a phenomenon: it's sold 24 million copies worldwide and has been translated into German, Spanish, Italian and French. But book sales don't always translate into box office success. Beautiful Creatures, a very popular book, was adapted for the screen earlier this year, but it bombed at the box office, earning less than $20 million domestically. Stephenie Meyers' own follow-up to Twilight, The Host, failed as a film as well, making just over $26 million in North America.
The Mortal Instruments' star, Lily Collins, believes in the film. It has similarities to its YA predecessors, but it's also a universal story of growing up and self-discovery. Clary Fray may have angelic blood, unlike most teenage girls, but "ultimately, she's just trying to figure out who she is" Collins says -- and that's something everyone should relate to.
Will The Mortal Instruments succeed or fail at the box office this week? Will you see the film?