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Our Predictions: Don't 'Mock' 2014, 'Hunger' will rule supreme again

Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM Central
Last updated Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM Central

by John Couture

It's that time again! That moment in the early part of January where Tim and I usually thrust out our chests and pretend that we actually know a thing a two about what movies are going to dominate at the box office.

Well, some things change and some things stay the same. Due to popular request, we have incorporated Dannette into the mix this year. As you might recall, Dannette offered her list of sleepers last year and performed smashingly. She shed light on The Place Beyond the Pines, The To-Do List and We're the Millers among others way back at this time last year, long before any of us even thought to think of these films.

As I always say, three heads are better than one or two. OK fine, I don't ever say that, but I'm pretty excited to have Dannette join us as her insights are great and as proof, she completely nailed the composite top 15 with her list. Tim and I certainly didn't come close as my pleas for Interstellar and Godzilla fell on deaf ears while Tim unsuccessfully championed The Lego Movie and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Time will tell who gets bragging rights, but something tells me that the newcomer might just get the nod. Before we get into 2014 though, let's properly send off 2013 with a review of how we did last year. You can see our predictions here.

We nailed the top three dead on and our prediction of $405 million for Catching Fire is scary good. I will toot my own horn and point out that I did predict it would end up with $425 million. Not bad, eh?

We both completely whiffed on the year's fourth highest grossing film (and still going strong) Frozen. Seriously, this film came out of nowhere and had so far gained an impressive $320 million or so. Oops.

After that, the rest of the guesses weren't too bad with the exception of Ender's Game which we thought would finish in 12th spot, but actually came in at number 56. Double ouch!

But the past is the past and I'm confident that with Dannette's inclusion, we are poised to have our best year yet. Overall, we do think that 2014 will be down slightly over 2013 in terms of overall box office, but there's no telling just how huge 2015 will be. Oh, if you're anxiously looking forward to our sleeper picks, check back later this week.

Without further ado, here is how we see the 2014 box office shaping up.

Overall Predictions
1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 $415
2 Transformers: Age of Extinction $350
3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $290
4 The Hobbit: There and Back Again $280
5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $250
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past $230
7 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $215
8 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $200
9 22 Jump Street $180
10 Maleficent $175
11 Rio 2 $165
12 Dumb and Dumber To $160
13 Night at the Museum 3 $155
14 Guardians of the Galaxy $150
15 Divergent $145

Tim's Predictions
1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 $400
2 Transformers: Age of Extinction $270
3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $245
4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $230
5 The Hobbit: There and Back Again $210
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past $200
7 The Lego Movie $165
8 22 Jump Street $160
9 Rio 2 $155
10 Maleficent $155
11 A Million Ways to Die in the West $150
12 Need for Speed $150
13 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $145
14 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $145
15 Night at the Museum 3 $140

Dannette's Predictions
1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 $408
2 Transformers: Age of Extinction $398
3 The Hobbit: There and Back Again $255
4 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $252
5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $242
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past $217
7 Divergent $206
8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $178
9 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $168
10 Guardians of the Galaxy $160
11 Maleficent $155
12 Night at the Museum 3 $150
13 Rio 2 $140
14 22 Jump Street $120
15 Dumb and Dumber To $100

John's Predictions
1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 $425
2 Transformers: Age of Extinction $360
3 Guardians of the Galaxy $300
4 The Hobbit: There and Back Again $290
5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $275
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past $260
7 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $250
8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $240
9 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $210
10 Interstellar $200
11 Godzilla $180
12 22 Jump Street $170
13 Dumb and Dumber To $160
14 Rio 2 $145
15 Maleficent $140