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Mockingjay Is 2014’s Top-Grossing Film; Female-Led Films Take Top Spot Two Years in a Row

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On Wednesday night, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 hit $333.2 million at the domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014—yep, even higher than Guardians of the Galaxy. I believe the film owes this honor partially to Natalie Dormer’s shaved head (sorry, Karen Gillan’s shaved head).

This is the second year in a row that a Hunger Games film has hit number one on the US box office chart, the first time in over a decade that a franchise has held the top spot consecutively. Plus, it did so without a the added costs of 3D or IMAX tickets (unlike Guardians, which I definitely saw multiple times in IMAX 3D). No film has managed the top spot without those added benefits since 2006.

Of course this also means that for two years in a row the top-grossing American film has been a female-led genre film. Perhaps this will convince studios to start putting more money into action franchises with kick-ass ladies, or even to up the number of female superhero movies we have coming out in the next few years. I’d love to see Mockingjay — Part Two nab the top spot again next year, but with competition from Star Wars and Ultron, it’s hard to say. But I thought Guardians had 2014 in the bag, and the power of Jennifer Lawrence’s archery skills proved me wrong there, so we can have hope. Three years in a row would be pretty revolutionary (and that’s right up Katniss’s alley).

(via Variety)

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.