"Eat Pray Love" Book Sales Soar

Julia Roberts in "Eat, Pray, Love," a film about world travel and self-discovery based on Elizabeth Gilbert's novel. After a painful divorce, Gilbert (Roberts) sets off on a soul-searching journey that brings her to Italy, India and Indonesia. Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup and James Franco also star in the film, directed by Ryan Murphy. Columbia Pictures

Julia Roberts takes on the leading role in this film about world travel and self-discovery. (Columbia Pictures)
Julia Roberts takes on the leading role in this film about world travel and self-discovery. (Columbia Pictures)

NEW YORK (CBS) Julia Roberts'  "Eat Pray Love" may not have created the box-office bounce filmmakers were looking for, but it did very, very well for book sales.

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According to a Nielsen Company analysis, the arrival of a screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir of the same name produced a massive bump in sales of the four-year-old book this summer.

Nielsen says 94,000 books were sold in the week ending in Aug. 1, the same number as for all of 2006, when the book was first published. "So far, in 2010, the book has sold more than twice as many copies as all of 2009."

Such a hefty boost from Hollywood is not unusual. Similar increases were seen for " Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks when that movie came out in February and for " My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult last year, Nielsen says.

"Eat Pray Love" took in $23.7 million at the box office on its opening weekend but it was no match for "The Expendables," which had a box-office total of $35 million.

Sony says it is counting on a long shelf life for "Eat Pray Love" because of its appeal to women, who are less likely than males to rush out to see a movie over opening weekend.

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