"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" might officially come out today (November 21), but by the time the sun rose on District 13, the first installment of the series conclusion had already made $17 million, according to Deadline.
That Thursday night total is slightly less than previous installments made, but the early box office predictions put "Mockingjay - Part 1" on course to at least tie previous films in the series -- and soar beyond any other movie this year.
Both "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire" opened with big Thursday nights, $19.7 million and $25.2 million respectively, before going onto to make $152.5 million and $158.1 million.
That's where analysts expect "Mockingjay - Part 1" to end up. Early estimates suggested that the movie would easily surpass the $150 million mark, but beyond that, it's difficult to say.
Could this be biggest installment for the series so far? Another YA series, "Twilight," had its biggest global earner at the end, with "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," but both parts of that finale fell short domestically.
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