'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Is Now the Biggest Movie of 2014

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Is Now the Biggest Movie of 2014

Having dropkicked Tony Stark in 2013, Katniss Everdeen has now delivered arrows to the necks of each and every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 now stands as the highest-grossing domestic release of last year, kicking Guardians of the Galaxy to the curb.

Marvel's spacefaring misfits made an unexpectedly ostentatious debut in August, ending up atop the Stateside box office chart for 2014 with $333.17 million.  Mockingjay - Part 1 has been gaining on Star-Lord and company since premiering in November.  That's no surprise, since the last installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire usurped Iron Man Three as 2013's biggest domestic release.

Now it's official, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 squeaking past Guardians of the Galaxy with $333.18 million and counting.  Katniss's penultimate adventure will continue to put distance between itself and the Guardians, as it's still playing in theaters.

Don't cry for Marvel, though, because between Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it has a lock on both the number two and three spots on the 2014 list.

Domestic earnings become less and less important for these blockbusters every year as international ticket sales make up an ever-greater portion of their global haul.  Globally, James Gunn's space opera still has the edge on Mockingjay: the former has grossed $772.7 million worldwide and the latter has hauled in $711.8. 

In the global totals game, in fact, neither is the top movie of 2014.  Transformers: Age of Extinction (number six on the domestic chart) claims that distinction, having raked in $1.087 billion.  Then there's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (number five Stateside) with $806.5 million.

Here are home, though, it's all about Katniss and, to a slightly lesser extent, Groot.  See for yourself on the list of 2014's top ten domestic grossers:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.............................................$333.18 million

2. Guardians of the Galaxy.......................................................................$333.17 million

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier...................................................$259.76 million

4. The Lego Movie......................................................................................$257.76 million

5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies...........................................$246.44 million

6. Transformers: Age of Extinction...........................................................$245.43 million

7. Maleficent................................................................................................$241.41 million

8. X-Men: Days of Future Past...................................................................$233.92 million

9. Big Hero 6................................................................................................$216.72 million

10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes...........................................................$208.54 million

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