"Equalizer 2" Kills Its Way to the Top, and "Mamma Mia" Soars Higher Than Its Predecessor

The sequels seem to have dominated the weekend, trailblazing a new record in how eight of the top ten movies at the box office were sequels. Two of those newly written chapters find themselves in competition at the heap of the charts, as Sony’s “The Equalizer 2” and Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” traded blows throughout the weekend. 

Sony’s newest entree into the franchise was able to edge out the competition though, as “The Equalizer 2” stood atop, slicing and dicing it's way to the weekend throne, grossing an estimated $35.8 million. Topping the $34.1 million opening of the first film, “The Equalizer 2” may have dropped in quality, but it managed to do quite the opposite in the realm of finances. Receiving an “A” Cinemascore, Antoine Fuqua’s and Denzel Washington’s sequel, both sharing the success for their first respective sequels in their careers, able to surpass their past film’s opening gross and audience satisfaction, as the first film received an “A-” Cinemascore.

Seemingly in line to arrive just a bit short of the last film, the international markets seem to have assisted with $3.3 million from 11 markets, with Australia providing a strong helping hand with an estimated $2.2 million. Over the coming weeks, “Equalizer 2” is set to open in 10 other foreign markets, the tight race will expectedly not last as long though. 

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“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” was the other competitor this weekend, bringing an estimated $34.38 million, a second place finish by a mere $1.42 million. One of the tightest races of the year just a bit below weekend estimates though, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” still delivered a strong debut, outperforming the last film by a mere $7 million. In 2008, “Mamma Mia” finished it's run with $144 million, making an insurmountable hill to conquer for the sequel. The fourth largest opening weekend ever for a musical, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” scored an “A-” Cinemascore an additional $13.1 million from 41 international markets.

The summer season to be favorable though, with little to no competition for a female audience targeted film. “Hotel Transylvania 3” finds itself in third place, dropping 47%, and delivering an estimated $23.3 million. Adding an estimated $37.7 million from international markets, cuming its total to $206.7 million with 55.9% stemming from overseas. 

Buzzing to fourth place is “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which dropped 45% in its third weekend of release, the domestic total now sits at $165 million, and also managed to pull in an estimated $21.6 million from international markets for an overseas cume that rounds out at about $189 million, bringing the film’s total gross to $353.5 million. 

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Rounding out the top five is “Incredibles 2,” delivering an additional $11.5 million from domestic markets bringing its total to $557.3 million, marking the second time in history that all five films at the top of the weekend box office were all sequels. $36.5 million also came from international markets as the film’s global cume rests at $940.4 million as it storms it's way closer to $1 billion to become the fourth Pixar movie to cross that barrier.

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The rest of the top ten included “Skyscraper” which dropped 54.4% and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dropping another 30.5% as both films remained in the $11 million ballpark.  Blumhouses’ “Unfriended: The Dark Web” arrived at the box office to a mere $3.49 million, finding itself in ninth place. The $1 million production budget should help that gross feel a lot more significant than it seems though, as another low-budget film finds itself rounding out the top ten as “Sorry To Bother You” scored another $2.8 million, dropping 32%. 

Another independent film like “Blindspotting” finds itself with $332,500 from 14 theaters, setting itself up for a great weekend when it goes wide. Blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Deadpool 2” find themselves in the lower half of the teens now, both of the films revolving around the same ballpark numbers of $400,000, but “Mission Impossible - Fallout” is set to have a massive weekend with a significant amount of critical support backing its release. Hopefully, some more assistance is on its way from us here at FlickCrave.com as a busy week is in order.