'American Sniper' Surpasses 'Mockingjay' as the Biggest Movie of 2014

Monday, 09 March 2015 10:57 Written by  iamrogue
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'American Sniper' Surpasses 'Mockingjay' as the Biggest Movie of 2014

Chris Kyle's high-velocity sniper rounds have proven more potent than Katniss Everdeen's arrows at the box office.

American Sniper now ranks as the highest-grossing U.S. release of 2014, surpassing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 as last year's hometown champion.

In January, Mockingjay zipped past Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy as the biggest movie of 2014, but now the Lionsgate sequel is the one getting knocked down to number two.

On Sunday, it finally happened for American Sniper, which is technically a 2014 movie since it opened in four theaters on Christmas (for Oscar consideration): the Bradley Cooper-starring biopic brought its domestic total to a whopping $337.2 million, edging past Mockingjay - Part 1's $336.9 million haul and putting even more distance between it and the now-number-three Guardians, which earned $333.1 million at home.

American Sniper has been gaining on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ever since January, when Clint Eastwood's war drama expanded to a wide release with a massive $90 million weekend.  Though the hagiography of the late Kyle, renowned as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, proved polarizing among many moviegoers, those who loved it really loved it, and good word of mouth kept American Sniper going strong.

While it's now the biggest Stateside earner released in 2014, American Sniper still trails both other films internationally.  Globally, Marvel's latest still has the edge on both, having earned $774.1 million worldwide, compared to the $751.9 global cumulative of the penultimate Hunger Games and the current $500.2 million haul of American Sniper.

None of these three movies sit atop the list of worldwide earners, actually.  Transformers: Age of Extinction (number seven on the domestic chart) claims that distinction, having raked in $1.087 billion total.  Then, in the number two spot, there's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (number six Stateside) with $954.5 million, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here in the States, though, American Sniper now reigns supreme for 2014.  Interestingly, it's the only R-rated movie on the domestic list, as you can see by checking out the top ten below:

1. American Sniper...................................................................................$337.2 million

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1............................................$336.9 million

3. Guardians of the Galaxy......................................................................$333.1 million

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier.................................................$259.7 million

5. The Lego Movie....................................................................................$257.7 million

6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies........................................$254.4 million

7. Transformers: Age of Extinction........................................................$245.4 million

8. Maleficent.............................................................................................$241.4 million

9. X-Men: Days of Future Past................................................................$233.9 million

10. Big Hero 6...........................................................................................$221.3 million

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