2015 Offered Every Reason To Love And Hate Movie Sequels

Sequels aren’t just for getting new money out of old ideas anymore. Well, they’re not just for that.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 made $101 million this past weekend. That’s a lot of money — multiple Breaking Bad storage units worth of moola. Those earnings made Mockingjay — Part 2 the fifth-highest opening of the year, but on the colossal scale on which a tentpole franchise like The Hunger Games operates, lumbering through multiplexes nationwide like a hungry giant, it was still a letdown, the lowest debut of the four movies in a series that’s been a reliable global success.