By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
New Year’s Eve lit up the skies with dazzling fireworks and rocked our television screens with awesome musical numbers, closing out 2014 with a bang. In a year filled with mega album releases and blockbuster movies, who ruled 2014? Well, if we’re talking popularity and dollar signs, then Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, and Chris Pratt are giving that rear-view mirror a big ol’ grin.
How exactly did they come out on top? Roll out the red carpet, because here comes Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-grossing actors at the box office!
When it comes to moneymaking silver screen entertainers, J-Law scored the number 1 slot, thanks to her performances as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This beautiful sci-fi action star managed to bring in $1.4 billion! Meanwhile, Pratt finished in second place with $1.2 billion, by cracking up audiences as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Emmet Brickowski in The LEGO Movie.
Then, country star Swift thawed Frozen’s grip on the top-selling album of the year honor with the pop-tastic success of 1989. Released in October, 1989 forced Elsa to “Let It Go” in the last sales week of the year, ending up with over 3.6 million copies versus Frozen’s 3.5 million. The 1989 album broke multiple records, sitting at the top of Billboard’s Artist 100 list for 10 weeks in a row, becoming the year’s biggest-selling album in just 9 weeks, and selling the equivalent of 430,000 copies in the final week of 2014. This is the second time Swift has crushed the music industry, since her album Fearless sold 3.22 million copies in 2009.
Featured images courtesy of Lionsgate, Disney, and Taylor Swift Facebook. Image of Lord Business courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.