'Divergent,' 'Mockingjay' Highlight 2014's YA Movie Theater Takeover
This year is prepping for a young adult takeover at the movies. It's almost as if movie studios predicted the box office domination of Jennifer Lawrence's Catching Fire, based on based on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series, as 2014 currently has nine YA adaptations slated for release — including both new hits and genre classics.
Catching Fire topped the box office in 2013, making an astounding $409.4 million, which beat out the surefire action blockbuster Iron Man 3 at $409 million. This is particularly important for women in the movies, as the YA adaptation was the first movie with a female lead to win the box office since Linda Blair and The Exorcist (and that was in 1973, for those keeping track). Female protagonists are not uncommon in young adult literature — six of the nine YA movies coming this year have a female lead — including the next installment of the Hunger Games. So 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for women. But can leading ladies surpass Katniss? Shailene Woodley, for one, is banking on it.