Jennifer Lawrence Makes Hollywood History As First Female To Top Annual Box Office In 40 Years

14 January 2014 by

Jennifer Lawrence already has a reason to do a victorious champagne spray, as she won Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes. Well now it has been revealed that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the first film with a solo female lead to top the box office in FOUR decades. The previous film was the The Exorcist in 1973, with Linda Blair and Ellen Burstvn. That deserves a shot or two Jen.  The Huffington Post reports that the second installment of the Hunger Games made a staggering $409 million through ticket sales. Gulp. Now let's all remember that she is only 23. So let's take a look at her steps to making Hollywood and the rest of the planet fall in love with her...

1. At age 22, Jennifer was the youngest person ever to be nominated for TWO Academy Awards for Best Actress...

Jennifer should probably start building an awards cupboard, as she has already collected dozens of gongs. J Law is the second-youngest Best Actress Oscars winner and last year won Best Actress at the Golden Globes, the SAGs and the Oscars. With the Golden Globe ticked off, she could well have a clean sweep again this year...

2. And she gives the best acceptance speeches...

Jennifer doesn't blubber boring cliches on the podium. C'mon she referenced Mean Girls and cheered: 'I beat Meryl!'

3. Unlike most A Listers, she'll tell you what she's actually thinking...

We could write a book on Jennifer's refreshingly honest quips. Want an example? On Letterman she said: 'Sorry! That was phlegm. That was so powerful. I’m like a dragon!' Hilare!

4. Thanks to Raf Simons she has also conquered the fashion industry...

Jennifer hasn't just won Hollywood over, but has charmed the fashion industry as she very cleverly aligned herself with Christian Dior. Not only does she get some serious cred by being Raf's muse, but she also gets first dibs on CD red carpet show-stoppers.

5. She has a knack for picking a great script...

Jennifer is clever to sign up to a loved franchise ($409 million, hello), but she also has a history with celebrated indie flicks. Her break out role was as the lead in Winter's Bone, which won Best Picture at Sundance in 2010. 

6. She cares about our curves, as is fighting against the word 'fat'...

The 23-year-old has spoken out against fat-shaming and often speaks about her love of a Big Mac. She is campaigning for curves as she said to Barbara Walters: 'And the word fat! I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling somebody fat?'

7. She knows how to werk a dress...

See above.

8. She has a starry fan club...

We imagine her iPhone contacts list is as starry as an Oscars red carpet. She's BFFs with Taylor Swift, is good pals with Bradley Cooper and has hung out with Rihanna. Oh and Jack Nicholson is a fan.

9. She is one half of 'Joult' with Nicholas Hoult...

Kimye have nothing on these two.

10. And last but by no means least she is the most GIF-able girl we know (or wish we knew)...

See Jennifer's greatest style hits in the gallery below...

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Jennifer Lawrence at Christian Dior show - July 7, 2014

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Jennifer Lawrence at a 'Dior' dinner - July 7, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence attends 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1' party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1' Photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Jennifer Lawrence attends day 4 of the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17th 2014

Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' world premiere on May 10th 2014

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd 2014

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2nd 2014

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18th 2014

Jennifer Lawrence attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12th 2014.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence enters the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on November 21st.

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at a special screening of 'The Hunger Games Catching Fire'. November 20 2013

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a taping of the David Letterman Show on November 20th

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' LA Premire - 18 November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Rome premiere - November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Madrid Premiere - November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Proenza Schouler at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Rome press conference - November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Alexander McQueen at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Madrid Photocall - November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Berlin premiere - November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire London Premiere - November 2013

Jennifer Lawrence at Dior at Paris Fashion Week - July 2013

Jennifer Lawrence at 'Jimmy P. Psychotherapy of Plains Indian' film premiere at Cannes Film Festival - May 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in David Koma at GLAAD Media Awards - April 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence in Ralph Lauren

Jennifer Lawrence in Viktor & Rolf

Jennifer Lawrence in Victoria Beckham

Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Marchesa

Jennifer Lawrence in Raoul

Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence at Vanity Fair Party - 25 February 2013


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