The games may be destroyed, but the revolution is just beginning. Audiences swarmed into theaters last night for the opening of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,″ the film pulling in an estimated $17 million in Thursday night grosses.

The film will dominate the box-office this weekend as it officially opens in theaters all across the nation. Although impressive, the previous instalment of the franchise did earn $25.3 million on its Thursday night launch, a 33% decrease from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Down but not out, Mockingjay pt. 1 will take the honors of highest movie-opener on a Thursday night number this year, bumping the previous number-one hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to number two with $11.2. Third-place went to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which brought in $10.2 million on its Thursday night opening.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, from an adaptation by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.