‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Film of 2014 in U.S.

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” shot past “Guardians of the Galaxy” to become the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014.

It’s the second time in a row that the dystopian franchise has topped the charts. It gives Lionsgate bragging rights as the studio with the top film in consecutive years — something no one else has achieved in over a decade.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” hit $333.2 million on Wednesday, edging past “Guardians” at $333.17 million at the U.S. box office.

Lionsgate also announced Thursday that it will release the Digital HD verison of “Mockingjay — Part 1” on Feb. 17 and the Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand versions on March 6.

“Mockingjay – Part 1” opens in China on Feb. 8. It has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the three “Hunger Games” films to over $2.2 billion.

“The No. 1 theatrical release of 2014 is poised to become one of the biggest home entertainment events of 2015,” said Lionsgate Home Entertainment president Ron Schwartz and Lionsgate president of worldwide television & digital distribution Jim Packer.

Unlike most major tentpole releases, the latest “Hunger Games” didn’t get the benefit of a 3D or Imax surcharge. “Mockingjay – Part 1” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and was directed by Francis Lawrence. The next and final film in the series hits theaters in November.

It may be difficult for Lionsgate to score a three-peat; this year brings sequels to “Star Wars” and “The Avengers.” May the odds be ever in their favor.

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  1. HJ says:

    Jennifer Lawrence has to be one of the biggest success Hollywood has ever seen. It’s just incredible what she was able to accomplish in only 3-4 years… They should make a movie about her life.

  2. JT says:

    Actually, it was 7 years since the last time a studio went back to back with consecitive wins. Disney had POTC: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End in 2006 &2007, respectively. Before that, New Line had LOTR: The Two Towers & The a Return of the King in 2002 & 2003.

  3. mountsalish says:

    Tom Hanks went back to back with Gump and Toy Story. If you want to compare to back to back live action then it’s Harrison Ford with Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you want to compare it to the last woman to have done it, then it was probably Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music followed by Hawaii. No matter how you look at it though it is an extraordinary achievement for Lawrence.

    • nik says:

      Julie Andrews didn’t top the box office 2 years in a row (she only topped it in 1965 with The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Hawaii were second in 1964 and 1966). Harrison Ford did it but in Star Wars he didn’t really have a leading role. Tom Hanks like Jennifer Lawrence did it with a solid lead role. So Jennifer Lawrence is probably the only woman in history to do it which is incredible!

  4. tom says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is like the Usain Bolt of movies…She looks at them all and smiles as she passes them…

  5. I’ve seen two Hunger Games films and I still can’t really tell you what The Hunger Games are. I’m done.

    • jeff says:

      If you can’t understand the movies there are 3 books which are really worth reading. The Hunger Games basically reflect and criticize our f…up society in which the 1% has all the money and power and the government controls citizens with these Games to show people who is in control (the same way the US government lies to US citizens telling them to go to war in Iraq for ‘freedom’ while the real reason behind it is just oil)…So these are very important books concerning real issues in our society (like war, state controlled/ fake media, brainwashing the masses, etc.).

      • I like what you’re saying, and I’ve heard from others they’re quite good. But something about them – whether it’s the structure or bleakness – just gets me so lost in the middle I can barely make it to the end. I’ll give the 3rd an honest viewing, but the 1st 2 just didn’t work for me.

  6. bijinius says:

    yeah, a three-peat is just inconceivable. Star Wars, just on brand strength alone, is going to be the biggest Box Office hit of the year. I know Avengers is heavy competition, but come on – Star Wars, dude. OK; I concede this: it’ll be number one if it’s good. like as good as the first JJ Star Trek movie. Not a masterpiece or a classic, but a solid entertainment. Like Star Trek. (Star Trek into Darkness blew blue balls)

    • But Star Wars has the prequels to make up for and very many folks probably just won’t be coming back. Marvel, on the other hand, is in it’s prime and on a roll in a way Star Wars never was. Not saying Marvel films are better, but they’re much more popular now than Star Wars and they have significantly more of a female audience.

  7. albert says:

    Wow, another record for Jennifer Lawrence, topping the Box Office two years in a row!

  8. Since American Sniper is 2014 release (it was released in 4 theaters in December and is nominated for Oscars 2015 which honors only 2014 releases), it’s going to be interesting to follow this boxoffice as a potential spoiler. If it has good enough hold to pass THG’s 330M or so, it’ll be first R-rated movie to win the year in how long? if Katniss retains the title than it’s the first time since Harrison Ford (ESB in 1979 and Raiders in 1980) that the same actor/actress won the year back to back.

    • Hunter says:

      Re: B.O., it would be the first R-rated film to win the year since Since Saving Private Ryan (1998). But unless Sniper has tremendous legs, I don’t see that happening. Mockingjay should make another $5 million (maybe a bit more). $335 is a big # to catch, but I guess you shouldn’t underestimate certain segments of the market who have been waiting for a movie like this to come out.

    • Dan says:

      Very unlikely that Sniper gets past $300M domestic. I’d say its ceiling is $250M-$280.

    • jlinn says:

      Actually Tom Hanks in 94-95 with Forrest Gump and Toy Story would have been the last time. The article says in over a decade, but that makes me think barely over a decade. It is actually almost 2 decades!

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