Mark Harris discovers that Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games is the first film to top annual box office in 40 years, since The Exorcist. These numbers have changed. I was watching the box office at the end of the year to see if that would turn out to be true. The last time I checked BoxOfficemojo.com, Iron Man 3 had topped the year’s box office. But now, the records show it was Catching Fire. That is an incredible stat.