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‘American Sniper’ Passes ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’ to Become Top Film of 2014

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‘American Sniper’ Passes ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’ to Become Top Film of 2014

It wasn’t longer ago that Lionsgate trumpeted “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” had unseated Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” to become the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014.  But now, too, Katniss Everdeen has been dethroned.

Vulture notes that with $337.2 million and counting, “American Sniper” has slipped past “Mockingjay’s” $336.9 million to claim the top spot. “Guardians” remains close at third with $333.1 million.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” follows at a distant third with $259.7 million, while “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” closes out the Top 5 with $254.4 million.

“American Sniper’s” accomplishment is made even more impressive when you considered in debuted Christmas Day on just four screens; by comparison, “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened in November in 85 markets around the world, making it Lionsgate’s widest release to date.

Based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, the Clint Eastwood-directed war drama was produced for about $58 million. It’s grossed more than $500 million worldwide.

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