Tom Clancy dies: Sales figures, by the numbers

Author Tom Clancy's bestselling books had several spheres of influence in film, television and video games.
(David Burnett / Associated Press)

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

  • “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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