'Mockingjay: Part 1' rakes in highest Thursday night opening of 2014

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With a collection of $17 million on its opening night, Mockingjay: Part 1 is the best Thursday night showing of the year 2014 so far. Until now, the title belonged to Guardians of the Galaxy with its $11.2 million.

Mockingjay: Part 1 looks on track to achieve its projected weekend track of $150 million and make North American box-office history.

A year ago, Catching Fire had brought in $25.3 million and before that, The Hunger Games pulled in $19.7 million. However, both movies were also playing on IMAX screens, something Mockingjay: Part 1 will have to do without.

The movie is also performing great overseas, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, is running 5 percent ahead of its predecessor:

It opened to more than $1 million in Australia midweek, the top opening of the year so far. And in South Korea, it is pacing 41 percent ahead of Catching Fire and in the U.K., 10 percent. Some Latin American markets are up as much as 55 percent.

Here’s to hoping the best for Mockingjay: Part 1 as it opens in more international markets.

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