After establishing that Transformers: The Age Of Extinction barely bested American Sniper to be crowned the winner of our 2014 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament — kudos to Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures — what follows is the research we did that allowed us to crown a champion among the 20 top-grossing films of the year at the domestic box office. While weekend standings have become an international obsession, the results really just scratch the surface about how a movie really did, based on costs and revenues.

Hopefully, Deadline readers got a lot of benefit seeing the numbers that cause high-fiving at studios or else has created tsuris as hundreds of millions of dollars are gambled by film studios each weekend. For the record, check out our full Top 20, with links to the breakdown for each movie, followed by the definitive chart of all the films for side-by-side comparison:

Rank…Movie…Profit (in millions)
1. Transformers: Age Of Extinction – $250.155
2. American Sniper – $242.58
3. The Lego Movie – $229.008
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $211.609
5. Guardians of the Galaxy – $204.2
6. Maleficent – $190.77
7. Big Hero 6 – $187.339
8. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – $182.179
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $166.224
10. 22 Jump Street – $144.476
11. Neighbors – $136.05
12. Gone Girl – $129.99
13. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $107.337
14. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $103.379
15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $81.31
16. X-Men: Days Of Future Past – $77.384
17. Divergent – $71.868
18. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $70.377
19. Godzilla – $52.477
20. Interstellar – $47.161

So here’s till next year, when The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron and the relaunch of the Star Wars franchise are in the mix.