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The Highest-Grossing Movies of 2014 … So Far

Highest-grossing movies of 2014
Highest-grossing movies of 2014

& are currently the highest-grossing films of 2014, Credit: Viacom, 21st Century Fox

Transformers: Age of Extinction & X-Men: Days of Future Past are currently the highest-grossing films of 2014, Credit: Viacom, 21st Century Fox

With less than five months remaining in 2014, worldwide audiences have spent more than $6.5 billion on nearly 200 movies at the box office. But the vast majority of that money goes to a handful of big-budget films. So, which titles have performed the best?

Let's grab an overpriced bucket of popcorn, then, and take a look at the biggest blockbusters -- and the companies behind them -- so far in 2014:

Rank Title Company / Distributor Worldwide Gross(Millions) Domestic Gross(Millions) Production Budget(Millions)
1 Transformers: Age of Extinction Viacom / Paramount $1,006.1 $242.3 $210
2 X-Men: Days of Future Past 21st Century Fox $741.5 $231.8 $200
3 Maleficent Disney / Buena Vista $732.8 $235.5 $180
4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Disney / Buena Vista $713.9 $259.5 $170
5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony / Sony Pictures $708.1 $202.6 $200*
6 Godzilla (2014) Time Warner / Warner Bros. $507.6 $200.3 $160
7 Rio 2 Blue Sky Studios / 21st Century Fox $493.9 $131.1 $103
8 The LEGO Movie Time Warner / Warner Bros. $468.0 $257.7 $60
9 How to Train Your Dragon 2 21st Century Fox $464.5 $169.4 $145
10 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 21st Century Fox $452.9 $194.7 $170

Source: boxofficemojo.com, figures as of Aug. 8, 2014.

*Estimated (Sony has not disclosed the production budget for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 )

Unsurprisingly, Transformers: Age of Extinction easily tops the 2014 list as the only movie to pass the $1 billion mark, outpacing the second-place $741.5 million performance from X-Men Days of Future Past by more than a third.

That also makes it the second-highest grossing installment in the four-film Transformers franchise to date, trailing only the $1.124 billion achieved in 2011 by Transformers: Dark of the Moon . Keep in mind, however, Age of Extinction made its debut just six weeks ago, so I wouldn't be surprised if it manages to secure the No. 1 spot ahead of Dark of the Moon by the end of its theatrical run.

Highest-grossing movies 2014, Hunger Games: Mockingjay

will likely make 2014's top-10, Credit: Lions Gate

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

First, Lions Gate 's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 seems a sure bet to at least make the top three. After all, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire received the bulk of its $864.6 million worldwide gross -- which was a 25% improvement upon 2012's The Hunger Games -- between its Nov. 22 launch and the end of 2013. If Mockingjay, Part 1 does the same following its own Nov. 21, 2014 debut, it could ultimately top $1 billion.

Next, Warner Bros. is bringing out the big guns to close the year with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which arrives on Dec. 17, and follows a $958.4 million gross from 2013's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug . Even though Smaug actually took a step back from 2012's $1.02 billion gross of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , I think it's safe to say Battle of the Five Armies will still fare just fine.

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