'Guardians Of the Galaxy's Officially The Top-Grossing Film Of the Year — What Came in Second?

One could probably say that Guardians Of the Galaxy is the Frozen of the summer months. Where Frozen took over the box office — and, later, America — from November to somewhere around April, Guardians Of the Galaxy officially claimed its reign over the summer of 2014 last week. Now, though, its realm has expanded: Guardians Of the Galaxy 's the biggest movie of the year.

There's a pretty good handle over which movies took over 2013: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen, Gravity, etc. But what about 2014 so far? Which movies will be remembered come, well, 2015 and beyond?

Part of this is yet to be seen, of course: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 won't come out until November, and that's pretty much guaranteed to make an impact towards the end of 2014. But what movies exactly did Guardians Of the Galaxy beat (aside from all of them) to get where they are now?

According to Box Office Mojo, the film that came in after Guardians Of the Galaxy's impressive $270.6 million total gross was another Marvel movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in $259.8 million. Third was The LEGO Movie (Chris Pratt really is having a good year), with $257.8 million. Fourth was Transformers: Age Of Extinction ($244 million) and fifth was Maleficent ($238.5 million). X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Dawn Of the Planet Of the Apes, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, and 22 Jump Street rounded out the top ten.

It'll be interesting to see if the box office power of Jennifer Lawrence can knock this whole thing in a different direction.

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