Recently, we've seen a lot of movies from Marvel that have been stellar successes, like the Avengers, Iron Man 3, etc. Fox announced that its going to make a movie (http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/news/have-big-screen-game-adaptations-finally-escaped-development-hell-20140617-282718/) based on Magic: The Gathering. Then there's the movies based on Transformers, Battleship, GI Joe, which have been relatively successful. Let's not forget Game of Thrones, as well, even though it's not a film. Then we have more films (many of which are not based off of any franchise) that I'm not going to go into mentioning right this minute. I was quite surprised to find out that Magic: The Gathering is getting a movie, that also made by Fox. I'm not entirely sure how many people play Magic, but is it enough to create a financially successful film? I suppose that Fox certainly saw that it can eventually be successful if they purchased the rights.
But, more to the point, do you see the trend that I'm trying to highlight? There seems to be many more films based on comics, games, novels, etc. that weren't traditionally seen as something that would ever have enough popularity to be big than there have been in previous years. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm missing something, but is it just me, or is this an actual trend?