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.

Who wrote this?

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
My favorite Denzel Washington film will always be Antwone Fisher, though John Q., Unstoppable, and Training Day are also quite excellent too.
Anonymous 7 months 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 7 months 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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posted by Davidiswise The Clown
Anonymous 7 months ago
Hmm, the best Denzel movies...I'd go for Glory, Training Day or Flight. But to each his own.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I can’t wait to see Tom Cruise fight Superman this weekend!