Book Sales for “The Shack” Soar After Movie Release and Despite Controversy

Here’s a look at what’s new on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list…

‘Shack’ is steady at No. 1:  The Shack, William P. Young’s 2007 religious novel about a man shattered by the murder of his young daughter, is the first title to dominate USA TODAY’s best-seller list in 2017, with this week marking the fourth consecutive week the book has claimed the No. 1 spot.  (The full list will be published Thursday.)

Sales of the book are undoubtedly boosted by the film adaptation, starring  Octavia Spencer as God and Sam Worthington as a grieving father who meets the Trinity in the very shack his daughter was killed.

The Shack has spent 211 weeks on USA TODAY’s list, debuting at No. 143 on Jan. 24, 2008. But it quickly became a phenomenon, and by July 24, 2008, had risen to No. 2. With the movie, the book returned to the top 50 in January in anticipation of the film and first appeared at No. 1 on March 2, the same week the film opened nationwide.

Other movie tie-ins are also selling well. They include: A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron at No. 16, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly at No. 18 is and The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackermansoon to be released in theaters, at No. 19. 

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