"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" made history when it became the top-grossing movie released in 2014. Lionsgate announced Thursday that "Mockingjay" had reached $333.2 million at the North American box office, meaning it surpassed "Guardians of the Galaxy" for highest grossing film of last year.
In 2013, the series experienced similar success when "Catching Fire" beat out "Iron Man 3" to become 2013's biggest release. As BuzzFeed points out, it's also the second year in a row that a film with a female lead has dominated the domestic box office. This is also the first time in box office history that two films in a franchise became No. 1.
As an addendum, the film didn't benefit from 3D or IMAX surcharges. ("Guardians," though, was released in 3D and IMAX.)
Lionsgate also announced that "Mockingjay - Part 1" will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand on March 6. The next installment in the series, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," is due out in November of this year and aims to have an even bigger opener.