We brought you a round-up of the worldwide hits, flops, and sleepers this year, but now the dust has settled on domestic release totals revealing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 has secured the top spot, beating out such massive hits as Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers: Age of Extinction. This feat is all the more impressive when you consider that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 didn’t do an IMAX or 3D release, razzle dazzle add-ons that typically help boost a title’s box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, the top ten 2014 domestic grosses shook out like so:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 $334 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy $333 million
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259 million
4. The LEGO Movie $257 million
5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $249 million
6. Transformers: Age of Extinction$245 million
7. Maleficent $241 million
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past $233 million
9. Big Hero 6 $217 million
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $208 million
Mockingjay’s win here is notable on a couple of fronts. First off, it’s The Hunger Games second year in a row at taking this honor. Last year The Hunger Game: Catching Fire beat out Iron Man 3, $424 million to $409 million. (The first Hunger Games came in third behind The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.) But perhaps more importantly, this is the second year in a row that a female-fronted film has proved the biggest domestic hit.
Between the massive success of the Hunger Games franchise, the continued popularity of Black Widow, the worldwide hit that was Maleficent, and the surprise hit that was Lucy, do you think this might be enough evidence to studios that heroines are not an obstacle to big box office?
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