ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" hit the $300 million mark at the domestic box-office on Friday, further propping up an abnormally weak year for blockbusters.

Unless :Into the Woods" or "Unbroken" have legs the size of Avatar" or "Frozen", it is virtually a certainty now that only two 2014 releases will hit the $300 million domestic mark. "Guardians of the Galaxy", of course, also reached the milestone and has grosses $332.7 million as of this writing.

By contrast, last year saw FOUR films hit the $300 million mark - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"; "Iron Man 3" , "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" .

More amazingly, THREE of those - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", "Iron Man 3" and "Frozen" - passed the $400 million mark.

2012 had an incredible five films hit at least $300 million domestically - "Marvel's The Avengers" ($623 million) ; "The Dark Knight Rises" ($448 million); "The Hunger Games" $408 million); "Skyfall" ($304 million) and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ($303 million).

2011 was the last year only 2 films hit the $300 million mark domestically, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($381 million) and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" ($352 million).

Katniss Everdeen has now helped prevent 2014 from being the first year since 2006 to have only one film hit the $300 million domestic mark, when "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was the only film to do so, with $423 million.


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