The latest installment of Katniss Everdeen’s plight as rebel savior of Panem just bested every other 2014 film at the box office cornucopia. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ had the largest opening day of the year on Friday, reeling in $55 million in the U.S.
Variety is projecting the third “Hunger Games” installment will make upwards of $130 million domestically this weekend – the top debut showing of 2014.
Despite the box office best, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ lost the race against its predecessors: it opened at lower Friday numbers than the previous two installments (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” grossed $70 million in its Friday debut; “The Hunger Games” made $67 million). Regardless, analysts are saying “Mockingjay – Part 1″ will win the war: they project it’ll gross between $925 million and $1 billion worldwide – “Catching Fire” made $865 million.