Box Office Success Proves Guinness World Record Gold for The Hunger Games

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The 2015 edition of the Guinness World Records will be released next week and there are some very exciting new records that have made the grade.

First up belongs to The Hunger Games heroine, Katniss Everdeen. We already know that Katniss is one kick-ass female, who doesn’t suffer fools, fights for what she believes in, is fiercely loyal, and is more than capable of looking after and saving not only herself, but so many of the others around her. She is loved pretty much all across Panem – well apart from a select few in the Capitol, but we’ll just overlook their shortsightedness. It also appears that she is as beloved here on Earth as the District 12 tribute and victor has another crown – the highest-grossing action movie heroine.

The character, portrayed superbly by the talented Jennifer Lawrence, earned the title through the first two Hunger Games movies (The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) grossing a whooping £928 million combined internationally. And with the last book, Mockingjay, split over two upcoming films, it’s an honour that she’s likely to hang onto for quite some time.

That wasn’t the only record that the Hunger Games scored. The second film, Catching Fire, was also named as the highest grossing post-apocalypse movie, with a US box office of £255 million and a worldwide gross of £520 million.

Other new entries include Miley Cyrus’ record for the most searched-for popstar on the Internet, Shakira is apparently the most liked person on Facebook, and Beyoncé scored the record for the fastest-selling iTunes album. Yes folks, they are real categories that you can score a world record in!

Now a real honour, and definitely one that us here in Australia helped contribute to, is the most pirated TV program. That went to Game of Thrones, which has an average of 5.9 million downloads per episode!!!!! That’s basically a quarter of the Australian population right there.

You can grab your copy of the Guinness World Records 2015 to verify these claims and discover even more astounding accomplishments when the book goes on sale next Thursday, September 11.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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