Weekend Box Office: ‘Equalizer 2’ Edges Out ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel

Denzel Washington’s Sequel

In a battle of the sequels, Denzel Washington’s first-ever sequel The Equalizer 2 (Sony) has narrowly won out over the Universal’s ABBA-fueled musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

The R-rated Equalizer sequel finished the weekend at #1 with a total of $35.8 million. It’s the biggest opening of director Antoine Fuqua’s career.

The Denzel Washington action film earned an A CinemaScore, compared to an A- for its predecessor. The first-time Meryl Streep sequel received the same CinemaScore as the 2008 movie, or an A-.

Featuring a star-studded cast including Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia 2 opened to $34.4 million, but the overseas earnings brought in an additional $42.4 million from its first 43 markets.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation nabbed third place during its second outing, Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp took fourth place with $16 million in its third weekend, while the Pixar tentpole Incredibles 2 landed in fifth with $11.5 million.

The weekend’s other big new opener, OTL Releasing and Blumhouse Tilt’s cyber-thriller Unfriended: Dark Web, also a sequel, scared up $3.5 million for a ninth-place start. The only two originals in the top 10 domestically were Dwayne Johnson’s latest action-adventure film Skyscraper and Annapurna’s Sorry to Bother You.

Check out the July 20-22 figures below, and check back next week when Mission: Impossible — Fallout enters the box office fray.

1. The Equalizer 2 — $35.8M (Debut)
2. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! — $34.4M (Debut)
3. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — $23M ($91M Total)
4. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $16M ($164.6M)
5. Incredibles 2 — $11.5M ($557M)
6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — $11M ($384M)
7. Skyscraper — $10.96M ($46.7M)
8. The First Purge — $5M ($60M)
9. Unfriended: Dark Web — $3.5M (Debut)
10. Sorry to Bother You — $2.8M ($10.3M)