With Christmas closing in and the end of the year on the horizon, its that time again when Hollywood shuts down for a couple of weeks and movie executives everywhere take stock of the last twelve months. Marvel once again finds itself firmly ensconced in the winners circle, enjoying huge success and acclaim via Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Maleficent and Big Hero 6 also helped fill parent company Disneys coffers. The Lego Movie and Godzilla were big hits for Warner Bros., but Transcendence was a messy mishap and Edge Of Tomorrow deserved better publicity and a bigger audience. 20th Century Fox hit sequel pay dirt with the release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes. And Sony/Columbia never mind. As has become increasingly customary, franchise fare dominated the global box office yet again in 2014, with just two original efforts breaking into the top ten list of highest-grossing films (and one of them - Maleficent - owed an enormous debt to Sleeping Beauty). Even now the latest instalment of The Hunger Games and the final part of The Hobbit are packing in cinemas in a way few unknown properties can manage and are reaping predictably massive profits. Nevertheless, big films also tend to incur big costs, and a few of the entries in this list of 2014s most profitable films will likely come as a surprise. Please note: in that marketing costs are nigh on impossible to gauge with any degree of accuracy, the following list has been compiled based solely on how production costs relate to global box office gross.