Equalizer 2 Takes out Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Movie audiences preferred visceral vigilante violence to ABBA-themed sentimentality over the weekend.

Denzel Washington’s R-rated sequel The Equalizer 2 knocked off Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in a bit of a surprise finish. Specifically, The Equalizer 2 pulled in an estimated $35.8 million compared to Mamma’s $34.4 million. (Both of those figures, for the record, were better than their predecessors’ opening-weekend numbers.)

From there, it was something of a sequel battle royale. Eight out of the top 10 films at the multiplex this weekend were sequels—a record number of follow-ups in that top cinematic tier.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued sucking up cash in its second weekend, to the tune of $23.2 million. Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp buzzed up another $16.1 million. And Incredibles 2 continued to pad its record take for an animated movie, adding another $11.5 million in its sixth weekend in theaters. To date, Pixar’s superhero sequel has nabbed an incredible $557.3 million domestically, and it’s not done yet.

The only other newcomer in wide release was the horror thriller Unfriended: Dark Web, which only managed to befriend about $3.5 million. Lest that seem a lonely amount, however, keep in mind that this horror sequel only cost $1 million to make, which means it’s already moved from red to black.

Next week, expect another sequel already generating positive reviews, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, to become the latest franchise flick to top the charts. Look for our review Thursday afternoon.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
saw Equalizer 2 last night. Not as good as the first, but certainly better then the majority of action movies that have come out the past couple years. 
-Davidiswise the clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
personally, I would consider The Equalizer the best Denzel Washington film (with The Book of Eli a close second) so i really hope this new one will be at least half as good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hmm, the best Denzel movies...I'd go for Glory, Training Day or Flight. But to each his own.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ah yes! Glory! completely forgot about that one! Still haven't seen Training Day or Flight. 
American Gangster was the only Denzel film that i've seen that i honestly just did not enjoy. 
-Davidiswise The Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm with you, Davidswise. American Gangster didn't click for me. It must have been the script -- too much mythmaking, not enough sense of what distinguished Denzel's character (who was a real guy) from all the other gangsters we've seen in movies.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yes! exactly Kenosha! to me, it seemed like a rehash of The Godfather parts I and II, (Which were spectacular films imo) but it just didn't have the same raw, authentic feel that The Godfather had. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I can’t wait to see Tom Cruise fight Superman this weekend!