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Tom Clancy dies: Sales figures, by the numbers

October 02, 2013|By Ryan Faughnder
  • Author Tom Clancy's bestselling books had several spheres of influence in film, television and video games.
Author Tom Clancy's bestselling books had several spheres of influence… (David Burnett / Associated…)

Tom Clancy, the prolific thriller author who died Tuesday at age 66, leaves behind a wide-ranging legacy in entertainment.

His wildly successful books -- many of which centered on Jack Ryan, Clancy's fictional CIA agent -- had several spheres of influence in film, television and video games.

Here is a round-up of figures that illustrate the breadth of Clancy's clout.   

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100 million: Estimated number of books in print.

17: Total count of No. 1 New York Times bestsellers

Four: Theatrical feature films based on Clancy's books. Each title debuted at No. 1.

Here are box office totals for all of the Clancy films, not adjusted for inflation, compiled by Hollywood.com. 

  • "The Sum of All Fears" (2002). Global gross: $193.5 million.
  • "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). Global gross: $215.7 million.
  • "Patriot Games" (1992). $178.1 million. 
  • "The Hunt for Red October" (1990). $199.2 million. 

$786.5 million: Total global box office gross for Clancy-based movies. 

$45 million: The amount the Paris-based Ubisoft Entertainment paid to acquire Clancy's video game company Red Storm Entertainment Inc. in 2000. 

76 million: Copies of Clancy-brand video games sold.

Here are sales figures for the notable video game franchises, provided by Ubisoft: 

  • "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell": 27 million copies.
  • "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six": 25 million copies.
  • "Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon": 24 million copies. 

$5,000: Amount for which Clancy sold his first novel, "The Hunt for Red October," to the Naval Institute Press. (NYT). 

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