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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Is The Top Grossing Movie Of 2014, Last Minute Surge To Beat 'Guardians OF The Galaxy'

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Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
(Photo : Facebook) Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is officially — according to a report by Forbes — now the top domestic earner of movies released in 2014. "Part 1" passed the domestic $332.2 million mark in the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2015, edging out Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as the top grossing film of the year.

Its star, Jennifer Lawrence, also topped a Forbes list — as the top grossing actor of the year.

Interestingly, this is the second year in a row that a "Hunger Games" film has reached such heights as a top-earner, and it's also a repeat for a film that features a lead female protagonist. With the final "Hunger Games" film on the way, it will be interesting to see if these numbers repeat for a third year in a row.

Because "Mockingjay" has been so successful in the box office, the film is likely to continue the trend of Young Adult novel adaptations, dystopian story lines, strong female protagonists and carefully planned-out franchises. With the high gross earnings and acclaims "Mockingjay" has enjoyed this year, film makers are bound to attempt to replicate its success.

Impressively, "Mockingjay" was the first no. 1 film since 2006 to become the top grossing movie without the aid of the inflated ticket prices of IMAX screens or 3-D presentations.

However, "Mockingjay" is still lagging behind other films on the global market that had high earnings, such as "Transformers: Age of Extinction", which is still the only film this year to reach the billion dollar mark in worldwide earnings. But once "Mockingjay" hits theaters in China, its global earnings should receive quite a boost.

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Jan 28, 2015 09:21 AM EST

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