‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ To Be Highest Grossing Film Of 2014?

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Jan. 3 2015, Updated 8:51 a.m. ET

It is no secret that the Hollywood box office has been facing a steady year-by-year decline. 2014, however, will face the largest decline in nine years, with a five percent decrease in ticket sales compared to 2013, according to the Hollywood Reporter. All that aside, the year was still a relative success for studios like Marvel and Lionsgate, with their respective superhero and Hunger Games franchises bringing in enough money to make the year worthwhile. So which 2014 film is looking to be the highest performer in the United States? That would be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Movie Pilot reports.

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This requires a bit of explanation. As 2014 is already a year that has come and gone, the winner should already be declared, correct? As Box Office Mojo shows, Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be the clear frontrunner of the year, with nearly $333 million in ticket sales — which is within stone-throwing distance of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’s $319 million. So how is it that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is still in the running? It’s actually quite simple. The film was released in 2014, and therefore all its profits register as a part of the 2014 domestic gross for the film.

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