American Sniper Top-Grossing Movie Release Of 2014, Beats Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 At Box Office
American Sniper has overtaken The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 as the top-grossing movie release of 2014.
As Gossip Cop reported, as 2014 entered its final months, it looked like Guardians of the Galaxy would be the year’s biggest film at the box office. But Hunger Games: Mockingjay was released in late November to much success, and ended up topping the Marvel blockbuster. And then came American Sniper.
The Oscar-nominated movie opened in just a few theaters in late December, before getting a wide release in January and climbing to the top of the charts. American Sniper has remained in the Top 10 for more than five weeks, steadily increasing its box office total. The film has now reached $337.2 million, making it the highest-grossing film to debut in 2014, with Mockingjay at $336.8 million.
American Sniper, of course, tells the story of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who is widely-regarded as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Bradley Cooper received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing Kyle, but lost to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. In the top category, American Sniper lost Best Picture to Birdman.
American Sniper is still in a large number of theaters, so its domestic gross should continue to grow. As for The Hunger Games franchise, the last film in the series, Mockingjay — Part 2, will be released in November.