“Mockingjay” moves past “Guardians” to become highest grossing film in 2014

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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.

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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.

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Top 5 movies from 2014

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#5. Mockingjay Pt 1
Out: 11/21
Box office: $  (still in theaters)

Lionsgate pulled the Harry Potter and split the finale into two. Fans were nervous because the book didn’t really call for it, but director Francis Lawrence was able to make a movie and prove why the finale needed two full films. All the actors stepped up for this movie and (unlike some other movie series that we have seen) you can tell that the actors are enjoying doing this movie and want to do the film justice. The movie sets up the final movie (set to come out next year) and gives the fans something to look forward to.

#4. The Lego Movie
Out: 2/7
Box office: $257.7 million

This movie is one of those movies that sounds bad in theory but when you see it unfold on the big screen, you wonder why you ever thought that. The movie had everything that you can expect in a family film and was able to make a big box office during a slow time of the year.

#3. Guardians of the Galaxy
Out: 8/1
Box office: $331.9 million

This was perhaps the surprise hit of the year. We all knew that Marvel knows how to do movies. They’ve got plenty of movies to support that, but this was the first movie of a lesser known comic. But did it produce.

The movie set the standard for the box office and held the title of for top box office for a couple of months. The next movie is no doubt going to be even more epic then this one was and shows just why Marvel is the best at making super-hero movies.

#2. The Fault in Our Stars
Out: 6/6
Box office: $124.8 million

In what is easily one of the best movies to come out this year. It tells a story of two lost souls that connect over their disease and embark on a forbidden romance because they both know that it may not turn out good for them in the end.

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley captured that beautiful essence from John Green’s book and was able to bring these characters to life. They make you laugh, cry, and really connect to them. It’s the reason why this movie is going to be this generations The Notebook.

#1. Captain America: Winter Soldier
Out: 4/4
Box office: $259.7 million

In the second movie with Captain America as the lead, Steve Rogers adjusts to the events that happened during The Avengers and life back in DC. He’s trying to figure out who is a friend and a foe and it shows he has more foes then friends. We get to meet _ in this one and it’s one of the many highlights of this movie. What makes this story stand out, is that it’s just a great story. It really develops the overall story that Marvel has been working on and sets up for what we can expect in The Avengers 2. If you are not excited to this movie after watching Winter Soldier, then there is seriously something wrong with you.

*other notables: Maleficent, Think Like a Man Too, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Purge: Anarchy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Divergent, The Maze Runner, If I Stay, The Amazing Spider-man 2

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“Mockingjay” remains at the top spot for the box office

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There was only one big movie to come out this week and no movie was able to take down the top spot from Mockingjay pt 1.

Mockingjay Pt 1 takes the top spot for the third straight week with an estimated $21.6 million. The movie has had a good time at the box office already reading $257 million in just three weeks and should cross the $300 million mark by the end of the month, challenging Guardians of the Galaxy for the highest grossing film of 2014.

Penguins of Madagascar stays in the same spot in the box office bringing in an estimated $11.1 million in it’s 2nd week. The movie is highly underachieving it’s goal at the box office and still has a long way to go to reach it’s $132 million budget.

Horrible Bosses 2 moves up in the charts bringing in an estimated $8.6 million. Another movie that is underachieving, proving that sometimes sequels are not a good thing.

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Rounding up the top five is Big Hero 6 with an estimated $8.1 million and becoming the 2nd highest grossing animated film this year behind The Lego Movie. Interstellar was able to bring in an estimated $8 million over the weekend. The one movie to come out this week, The Pyramid, took in an estimated $1.3 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

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“No Good Deed” beats out “Dolphin Tale 2” at box office

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There were two new movies that came out this week and they battled it out for the top spot, making Guardians fall down the list.

It is No Good Deeds that is able to come out on top with an estimated $24.5 million. This thriller shows Idris Elba in a new light as he’s the bad guy in the movie and was able to draw in people during a slow month at the box office.

Yet another sequel that shouldn’t be made, Dolphin Tale 2, premieres at the number two spot with an estimated $16.5 million. What helps this movie  was the lack of family-oriented films at the box office since there hasn’t been one released since August.

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Guardians of the Galaxy falls down the charts to number three with an estaitmed $8 million crossing the movie over the $300-million mark. The movie is the highest grossing film in 2014 and shouldn’t get an competition until Mockingjay pt 1 comes out in November.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Let’s be Cop round out the top five with an estimated $4.8 million and $4.3 million respectively. The last of the new movies to come out this week, The Drop, missed the top five with it’s estimated $4.2 million in it’s opening weekend.

This list is going to shuffle quite a bit over the next few weeks as there are a lot of quality movies coming out with a strong October just around the corner.

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“Guardians” come out on top at box office at slow weekend

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Guardians of the Galaxy continue to find success at a slow release time as they are able to bring in an estimated $10.1 million over the weekend. The movie should be able to cross over that $300 million mark next week. Guardians is currently the 8th highest grossing film in the Marvel universe and the 4th highest first film in a series.

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still does well bringing in an estimated $6.5 million. The movie is starting to slow down at the box office, but it could still find its way to the $200-million mark by the end of it’s run, only needing around $25 million more.

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The next two movies were close at the box office, but If I Stay comes in at the third spot with an estimated $5.7 million beating out Let’s Be Cops with an estimated $5.4 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is The November Man, which makes its first appearance in the top five, with an estimated $4.2 million.

There are quite a few good movies set to come out this month, so expect some changes in the top five in the coming weeks.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

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“Guardians” once again takes the top spot at box office

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In a relatively slow weekend at the box office, there were only two movies that were able to get to double digits, and neither of the two new movies were able to do that.

Guardians of the Galaxy becomes the highest grossing film of 2014 so far over the weekend. The movie took in an estimated $16.3 million bringing it’s domestic box office to $274 million moving past Captain America: Winter Soldier which took in $259 million during it’s stay. This should be a hard amount to beat, especially considering it should surpass $300 million by the time it leaves the box office.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to do well as it brings in an estimated $11.7 million over the weekend. The movie should be able to pass the $200 million mark by the time it leaves the box office, only need another $40 million or so to get there.

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Despite having a 38% approval rating, If I Stay continues to do well with an estimated $9 million over the weekend. The movie is considered one of the best romantic movies of the year (though one could argue that The Fault in Our Stars is the best one).

For the rest of the top five, new movie As Above/So Below brings in an estimated $8.3 million in it’s first weekend and Let’s Be Cops takes in an estimated $8.2 million. The other big new movie to come out is The November Man and brought in an estimated $7.6 million it’s first weekend.

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“Guardians” top the weekend box office

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There is a new number one movie this weekend, with the Turtles falling down from the top spot. Two of the three new movies were able to get into the top five but only one of them hit double digits.

Guardians of the Galaxy return to the top of the box office as it’s able to bring in an estimated $17.6 million over the weekend. This movie is the 3rd highest movie of the year so far with its total $251 million box office and should be able to grab the top spot from Captain America: Winter Solider by the end of next weekend, needing only another $9 million to do so.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie falls from the top spot with an estimated $16.8 million. The reboot has exceeded expectations taking the top spot for the last two weeks before falling this week. The movie has now surpassed its $125 million budget and is looking to get to the $200 million mark.

The only new movie to hit double digits this week is the adaptation from Gayle Forman, If I Stay. The movie was able to bring in an estimated $16.3 million. Early reviews have stated the movie is more for fans of the book which might hurt the movie in the long run for the total box office.

Let’s Be Cops falls in the charts with an estimated $11 million. This buddy comedy beat out it’s $17 million budget in the first week and is looking to maybe work its way up to the $100 million mark.

The other two movies to come out are When the Game Stands Tall with an estimated $9 million and Sin City: A Dame to Die For with an estimated $6.4 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

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