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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 just became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014, garnering $333.18 million in box office revenue as of yesterday, bringing the worldwide gross to more than $700 million. The young adult franchise toppled the Marvel/Disney film, which grossed $333.17 million.
The second film in the installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was the highest-grossing domestic film of 2013, beating out another superhero film, Iron Man 3. This is the first time in box office history a franchise nabbed the highest-grossing title two years in a row. Not even Harry Potter could make that magic happen.
The news comes on the heels of Lionsgate’s announcement of the arrival of Mockingjay – Part 1 to Digital HD on Feb. 17 and DVD/Blu-ray on March 6.
The film picks up with Katniss Everdeen in District 13 having changed the games forever with her destruction during the Quarter Quell. She agrees to be the symbol of the impending rebellion, the “mockingjay.” Katniss and her allies must rally the districts to push back against the oppressive regime of President Coin and her followers.
The Blu-ray edition will feature five hours of special features, including a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, and a special tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.