Jennifer Lawrence's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Is First Movie With Female Lead To Win Annual Box Office In Decades

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has made history by becoming the first film with a solo-female lead to top the box office at the end of the year.

The Hollywood movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, made a staggering $409.4 million surpassing Iron Man 3, which earned $409 million through tickets sales, reports Huffington Post.

"The 'Hunger Game's franchise continues to evolve into a truly global phenomenon," Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.

"The success of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is a testament to the vision of author Suzanne Collins, the sure hand of director Francis Lawrence, the brilliant performances of a remarkably talented cast led by the amazing Jennifer Lawrence and superb execution by our motion picture production, marketing and distribution teams.

 

Jennifer Lawrence's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Is First Movie With Female Lead To Win Annual Box Office In Decades

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been a huge hit (Lionsgate)

“We will continue to grow the transformative 'Hunger Games' franchise in the years to come even as we continue to develop a dynamic portfolio of premium new brands."

Catching Fire is the first film in four decades to have a woman as a lead to finish top, the previous movie was 1973 thriller The Exorcist, with Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn in the leads.

Meanwhile, the first Hunger Games film grossed $408 million and finished third in 2012 in the box-office chart.

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