This sounds crazy, but it's true: Mockingjay: Part 1 is not the top movie of 2014, despite what an unstoppable force The Hunger Games franchise has been at the theater. According to Deadline, American Sniper is now officially the highest grossing film of 2014 as of this weekend, bringing in a total of approximately $337,209,000 to Mockingjay's $336,961,655. Those two numbers are pretty close, but the fact that American Sniper has done better than Mockingjay is especially significant because it was released on Christmas Day, a month after Mockingjayhit theaters. A movie surpassing a powerhouse like that is a big deal in itself, but with such a big difference between the two movies' release dates? You go, American Sniper!
It'll definitely be interesting to see how Part 2 fares when it's released this fall, in comparison to whatever the studios have up their sleeve for releases late in the year this time around. I'm thinking the final installment will take the top spot in 2015, especially since it's the last time fans can show up at midnight with their side braids to see Katniss do her thing. Not that I do that. OK, fine. I totally do that.