‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Becomes 2014’s Highest-Grossing Movie

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘MockingjayRocket Raccoon put up a good fight, but Katniss Everdeen came out on top as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 took the crown for highest-grossing domestic movie in 2014, edging out Guardians of the Galaxy.Lionsgate said on Thursday that “” had reached $333.18 million in domestic ticket sales, inching past “Guardians of the Galaxy” to rank as the No. 1 movie of 2014 in North America. “Guardians of the Galaxy” now has to settle for second place (and a pair of Oscar nominations), with final ticket sales of $333.17 million.

Studio Lionsgate announced Thursday that Mockingjay took in $333.18 million (all figures U.S.) as the final tally for the year’s box office in the U.S. and Canada. When films open in one calendar year and continue selling tickets in another, box office analysts typically credit all sales to the opening year. (“Mockingjay” arrived in late November.) And bragging rights, even by the slimmest of margins, mean a lot in Hollywood — particularly if you’re a small studio like Lionsgate.

Per Wednesday, January 21, “Mockingjay” collected USD 333.2 million while “Guardians” garnered USD 333.17 million domestically, reported Ace Showbiz. It’s a repeat for the Hunger Games franchise, which also topped the box office with Catching Fire in 2013, edging past Iron Man 3 with $409.4 million: a first for back-to-back sequels. She agrees to be the symbol of the impending rebellion, the “mockingjay.” Katniss and her allies must rally the districts to push back against the oppressive regime of President Coin and her followers.

The success will certainly provide ammunition for actress Cate Blanchett, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and others in the industry who argue that films with female protagonists can make money. Several Bollywood glitterati graced the special screening of Neeraj Pandey’s upcoming venture Baby starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Kay Kay Menon in pivotal roles.

The DVD/Blu-ray editions will feature five hours of bonus material, including a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, and a special tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. Based on the bestselling young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins, the “Hunger Games” movies have been big huge hits for the Santa Monica-based studio.

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