'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Passes 'Guardians' at U.S. Box Office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has squeezed by Guardians of the Galaxy to become the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014.

Lionsgate announced the penultimate film in the blockbuster franchise has earned $333.2 million in the North American box office as of Wednesday, pushing it past Guardians' $333.17 million haul. That's not a wide margin, but it's enough to claim bragging rights.

It's the second year in a row The Hunger Games has pulled the rug out from under a Marvel release: Last year, Catching Fire burned past Iron Man 3's $409 million on its way to a $424.7 million total.

Deadline notes this is the first time two films in a franchise have held the No. 1 titles in the North American box office for two consecutive years; it's also the first time the top-grossing film for two consecutive years has featured a female lead.

Despite lackluster reviews, Mockingjay -- Part 1 has grossed more than $700 million worldwide (Guardians has brought in almost $773 million), and it doesn't even open in China until Feb. 8. That haul brings the franchise total to more than $2.2 billion.

Mockingjay -- Part 2, the franchise finale, opens Nov. 20.

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