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