Mockingjay Was the Top-Grossing Film of 2014

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Thanks to over $333 million in box office sales, The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 has edged out Guardians of the Galaxy to become the highest grossing film of 2014. Katniss continues to reign supreme.

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Consider this a win for womankind, too. Deadline reports:

This is the first time in box office history two films in a franchise ranked as the No. 1 titles at the domestic box office for two years in a row — no other Harry Potter, Twilight or Lord Of The Rings has ever done so. Not to mention, it's the first time a studio has had back-to-back annual No. 1 titles in decades (since box office charts began publishing in 1982, there haven't been any studios logging back-to-back annual No. 1 hits). Also, it's an anomaly that the No. 1-grossing film two years in a row features a female lead.

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Look at the joy on Jennifer Lawrence's face.

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Well, it just goes to show that action movies with female protagonists just aren't popular, and Hollywood is right to reject most of th... um, oh, never mind.

"Also, it's an anomaly that the No. 1-grossing film two years in a row features a female lead."

Sure, because how often does Hollywood actually make a movie like this with a female lead? (And actually take it seriously and not sabotage it?) Almost never, making it doubly anomalous. The conventional wisdom in Hollywood was that audiences didn't want to see such films because they had previously made some (terrible) female-protagonist-action-movie and it bombed.