The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially become the highest grossing film of 2013, sliding past Iron Man Three’s $409,031,994 with $409,389,000. Firstly, it shows that a strong female-led movie can beat a superhero movie, which has so far dominated the box office, in terms of business.
Secondly, it’s the first non-3D movie to take the top spot at the domestic box office since 2008’s The Dark Knight. 3D is already dying. It might be dying a little slower because of the success of Gravity, which is deserved because the 3D in that film is actually very, very good, but it’s dying.
This will likely perk up Hollywood execs, letting them know that they don’t really need to spend the extra money on 3D cameras or post-converted 3D unless the filmmaker wants to use it to explore what they can do with the format. As we’ve seen, when a filmmaker actually wants to do 3D they can do it quite well, like Peter Jackson with The Hobbit or Martin Scorsese with Hugo or Alfonso Cuaron with Gravity.
They also have conclusive proof, with both Catching Fire and Disney’s Frozen (the number four movie at the domestic box office and climbing) and even Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat, that female-led movies can make big bucks at the box office. There’s a large, untapped market there. And they’re going to jump on it. [BoxOfficeMojo]