First, Katniss Everdeen trumped Star-Lord; now, Chris Kyle has taken down the Mockingjay.
“American Sniper” has officially surpassed “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” to become the highest-grossing movie of 2014, raking in $337.2 million at the domestic box office. While the majority of that money came from the film’s wide release in January 2015, its initial Christmas Day limited release date officially makes it 2014’s champ.
That jaw-dropping total bested both “Mockingjay” ($336.9 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($333.17 million), and is the first non-sequel or franchise flick to win the annual box office crown since “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” did it way back in 2000. It’s also the first R-rated movie to top the yearly box office rankings since “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998 (and also beat “Ryan” as highest-grossing war movie).
“Sniper” has now pulled in over $500 million at the international box office, and is still in theaters. It may yet have more records to break on the horizon.