"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" celebrates a milestone. The sequel to 2012's "The Hunger Games" beats "Iron Man 3" to become the top earner at domestic box office. The Jennifer Lawrence starrer has collected $409.4 million, while the Robert Downey Jr.-led flick garnered $409 million.
The Francis Lawrence-directed pic marks the first time a film headlined by a woman finished first in the domestic year-end list, since "The Exorcist" in 1973 although Linda Blair's and Ellen Burstyn's roles in the vintage film were on par with the priest characters portrayed by actors Max von Sydow and Jason Miller.
Additionally, it's the first time since 2008 that a non-3D title ruled the yearly domestic chart. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says, "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."
In the worldwide year-end list, "Catching Fire" sits at the third place with $832.8 million while "Iron Man 3" still at the top spot with over $1.2 billion and "Despicable Me 2" at the runner-up place with $921.2 million globally.