The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part1 has become the highest grossing domestic film for 2014, bringing in over $333 million. It managed to out-edge Guardians of the Galaxy by a slim margin of less than $10,000 in sales. And it did this without a 3D or IMAX run, which typically gives a boost to the sales numbers.
Transformers: Age of Extinction still holds the number one spot for sales worldwide. But that hasn’t dethroned Lawrence as the highest grossing performer.
Her two films (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 & X-Men: Days of Future Past) brought in a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. This out-grossed Chris Pratt’s two films (Guardians of the Galaxy & The Lego Movie) by a margin of about $200 million.
Joining Lawrence and Pratt as one of the top grossing performers in 2014 is Scarlett Johansson, whose films Captain America: The Winter Solider & Lucy made $1.18 billion worldwide. Her indie film Under the Skin also made a dent in the earnings total.
It is clear that viewers are more than happy to open their wallets to watch a female lead, as 2 of the top 3 grossing performers were women (and 4 of the top 10).