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The Highest Grossing Movies of 2014  

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List Rules Based on U.S. box office gross. List was updated through December 31, 2014.

The highest grossing movies of 2014 put the business in "show business." We've gathered 2014's biggest money-makers and blockbuster successes. These films killed it at the box office in 2014, raking in huge takes for their studios and distributors. They sold tickets like it was going out of style, entertaining huge audiences nation-wide. This top grossing 2014 films list is based on U.S. gross, though many of the movies here found international success as well.

From Marvel movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy to Disney movies like Maleficent and Big Hero 6 2014 was a big year for splashy comic book and fairy tale films, and made stars out of their cast members, like Chris Pratt. Many other film spectacles had huge box office grosses as well, including Transformers: Age of Extinction, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Edge of Tomorrow. 

But 2014 movies weren't all superheroes and action stars. Family films like Rio 2 and The LEGO Movie entertained massive audiences and were among 2014's highest grossing films. Then there were all the young adult book adaptations, that drove tweens (and their parents) to theaters in ridiculous numbers. From  Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars to, of course, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, movies based on books were wildly popular with movie-goers in 2014.

These are the top grossing films of 2014, the big money makers that seemingly everyone saw. The blockbuster movies below might not have all been the best films of 2014, but they were certainly enjoyable and huge financial successes.
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James Gunn
$333 million Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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Francis Lawrence
$311 million The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence); having twice survived the ...more
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Anthony and Joe Russo
$260 million Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more
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Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
$258 million The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more
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Michael Bay
$245 million Transformers: Age of Extinction is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and is the fourth film in the series. After a dangerous bounty ...more
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Robert Stromberg
$241 million Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more
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Bryan Singer
$234 million X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.
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Matt Reeves
$209 million Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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Don Hall, Chris Williams
$203 million Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
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Marc Webb
$203 million The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more
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Gareth Edwards
$201 million Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more
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Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
$192 million 22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of 2014
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$191 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American 3D science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film ...more
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Peter Jackson
$184 million The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.
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Dean DeBlois
$177 million How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.
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Christopher Nolan
$173 million Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
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David Fincher
$165 million Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more
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Neil Burger
$151 million Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in The Divergent Series ...more
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Nicholas Stoller
$150 million Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, with Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and ...more
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Tim Story
$134 million Ride Along is a 2014 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story and starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, Tika Sumpter and Laurence Fishburne. Greg Coolidge, Jason ...more
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Carlos Saldanha
$132 million Rio 2 is a 2014 animated comedy film written by Carlos Saldanha and Don Rhymer and directed by Carlos Saldanha.
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Luc Besson
$127 million Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more
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Josh Boone
$125 million The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more
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Rob Minkoff
$112 million Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a 2014 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film featuring the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and ...more
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Noam Murro
$106 million 300: Rise of an Empire is a 2014 American fantasy film directed by Noam Murro. It is a follow-up to the 2007 film 300, taking place before, during and after the main events of its predecessor ...more