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'Catching Fire' Is The First Film w/ A Solo Female Lead To Top Annual Box Office In 40 Years

It looks like it really is Jennifer Lawrence's world and we're just living in it. 

According to entertainment journalist Mark Harris, the $409.8 million (and counting) domestic haul for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire makes the film not only the biggest domestic success of 2013, but also the first film with a solo female lead to claim the top spot since The Exorcist in 1973!

It's the first film with a female lead to top the annual domestic box office in 40 years. 

BuzzFeed's Adam Vary breaks down some other #1 films with female leads, but accurately points out that these were opposite a male protagonist:

To be fair, since The Exorcist opened in 1973, there have been films featuring women in arguably lead roles that have topped the domestic box office for the year: 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone both starred Emma Watson; 2009’s Avatar starred Zoe Saldana; 1997’s Titanic starred Kate Winslet; and 1978’s Grease starred Olivia Newton-John. But all of those movies also featured a male actor either as a co-lead or the film’s main protagonist (respectively, Daniel Radcliffe, Sam Worthington, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Travolta).

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is very much the Katniss Everdeen/Jennifer Lawrence show.

Get it, girl!

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