ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

As the Holiday Season comes to a close this weekend, it's looking like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is going to top "Guardians of the Galaxy" as 2014's top-grossing film domestically.

This seemed like a lock two months ago, since both prior installments of the "Hunger Games" franchise had passed $400 million domestically, that people were predicting a $150 million opening weekend and that even the more conservative analysts had "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" grossing $385 million domestically, which would easily top Starlotd and Company's $332.9 million domestic haul.

However, when "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" had a softer than expected opening weekend of $121 million, it looked like it would struggle to get past the $300 million mark.

However, the passionate fanbase for Katniss Everdeen and strong word of muth gave the film stronger than expected legs.

Now, after 42 days and entering a Holiday Weekend, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" has grossed $316 million domestically, leaving it withing striking distance - only $17 million away - of "Guardians of the Galaxy".

The odds are pretty strong that it does so, seeing as how "Mockingjay" is already $18 million ahead of "Guardians" after 42 days.

When this happens, it will be significant for a number of reasons.

First, last year's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was the first film with a female lead to be the year's top-grossing film in 44 years. For Katniss Everdeen to accomplish the feat in back-to-back years is astounding - and could go a long way to having more projects with female leads green lit in the future.

It would also be one of an extremely select group of franchises to top the yearly domestic box-office more than once.

NONE of the others, however, did so in back-to-back years.

But I'll elaborate on that when the feat actually happens.

So what do you all think?


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