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These Are the Highest-Grossing Movies of the Year (So Far)

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The No. 1 movie has just a $6,000 lead

Everything is awesome for The Lego Movie, which is currently the highest-grossing domestic box office release of the year—though Captain America: The Winter Soldier didn’t go down without a fight.

The superhero blockbuster has earned $256,690,279, only $6,038 less than the toy franchise’s first animated movie—despite its bigger opening weekend—according to industry analysts at Rentrak, Deadline reports. But both may end up getting squashed by Optimus Prime and the Autobot gang when Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the Transformer series, flies into theaters this Friday.

Captain America isn’t the only superhero flick hanging out in the top five, either. X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have grossed around $217 million and around $200 million, respectively.

To dominate the box office, it seems a movie needs two things: spandex and a sequel.

[Deadline]

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