‘Mockingjay’ Beats ‘Guardians’ as Biggest Movie of 2014

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‘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. It is also, for what it’s worth, the second year in a row where a female-centric release topped the domestic box office and makes Hunger Games the first franchise to top the domestic box office charts two years in a row.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount/Viacom , Inc.) is the top-grossing film worldwide, with over $1 billion, although The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.) is making a go of it with $802m worldwide and counting. 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. While I don’t expect Hunger Games 3 of 4 to approach the big “B” mark, Katniss and friends have an outside shot at passing the $864m earned by Catching Fire and a much better shot at passing the worldwide total of Star Lord and friends. 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. And the film did this without the help of 3D and/or IMAX, which makes it quite unique in terms of the last five-years-worth of blockbusters in this post-Avatar environment. Heck, not accounting for inflation, Mockingjay part I is the 22nd-biggest grossing 2D film of all time in America, 21st if you acknowledge the $94m that The Lion King added to its original $312m total via a 3D reissue back in 2011.

It’s also the first no-IMAX/no-3D film to cross $300m domestic since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Iron Man in May of 2008. I have no idea if Mockingjay part II will go out in IMAX in November of this year, or if the final chapter will go 3D in America just as the third installment is going out in 3D in China next month, but it will certainly be something to watch. And Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince did play in IMAX 3D starting on the third weekend of its run, so that did contribute, ever so slightly, to its $300m+ total in 2009.

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