The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American science fiction drama war film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. It is the sequel to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and was be followed by the concluding entry, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in 2015.
The story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen; having twice survived the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself in District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol and fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Principal photography for both parts of the film began on September 23, 2013, in Atlanta, before moving to Paris for two weeks of filming and officially concluding on June 20, 2014, in Berlin.
Part 1 was released on November 19, 2014 in Brazil, November 20, 2014 in Malaysia, United Kingdom, Greece and Indonesia, November 21, 2014 in the United States, and November 28, 2014 in India, and is scheduled to be released in China on February 8, 2015. It landed atop Fandango's list of most-anticipated films of 2014. Like its predecessors, the film was a commercial success grossing $55 million on its opening day, making it the largest opening day of 2014 and the sixth-largest in November. The film went to the No. 1 spot during its opening weekend with a $121.9 million gross, becoming the biggest opening of 2014 and marking The Hunger Games film series as the only franchise to have three films earn over $100 million in a weekend. As of January 12, the film has earned over US$701 million worldwide.
Mockingjay – Part 1 received favorable reviews from critics, with praise aimed at its solid performances and political subtext, but noticed for its lack of action and criticism for splitting the novel into two feature films. The film has garnered two nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie for Lawrence and Best Original Song for "Yellow Flicker Beat". The song also received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.