It is official. The third movie of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay pt 1, has moved to the top of the box office chart for 2014, beating out Guardians of the Galaxy. Lionsgate announced Wednesday that Mockingjay pt 1 now has earned $333.2 million moving just past Guardians which only had $333.1 million.
With Mockingjay grabbing the top spot for 2014, it set two more records. This marks the first time that a franchise held the top spot at the box office for consecutive years. The second movie, Catching Fire, was the top grossing movie in 2013 with $424 million. The series will have a hard time to three-peat as 2015 is going to be a tough year to win with the latest Star Wars, Avengers, and Fast and Furious movies coming out this year.
This also marked a record for a female-lead box office. The last time a female lead the top selling movie was in 1973 with the Exorcist which starred Ellen Burstyn. Jennifer Lawrence not only did it in 2013 but again in 2014. And while the series is going to have a stuff competition for the final movie of the series, it’s still going to be one of the top movies of 2015.
While the movie broke those records, it’s still the lowest box office out of the three movies in the series and likely will remain there. The first Hunger Games was able to take in $408 million in 2012 but, like this year, had tough competition. It had to compete against The Avengers and the last of the Dark Knight series, The Dark Knight rises.
As a reward for the loyal fans, Lionsgate announced the pre-order for the Mockingjay pt 1 DVD or Blue-Ray along with the features that we can expect to find on the disk, which are an 8-part feature documentary, tribute to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, deleted scenes, and a first look at Insurgent. The release is set to come out March 1st.
How many times did you see Mockingjay pt 1?