News // 'THE EQUALIZER 2' BARELY BEATS 'MAMMA MIA 2' FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEQUELS

Unfriended: Dark Web underperforms in its debut.



Going into the weekend, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (#2) was expected to surprise with a $40 million debut. And, though things started off swell on Thursday night and Friday, the excitement tapered off and the sequel ended the weekend with $34 million.


The actual surprise for the weekend was the Denzel Washington sequel, The Equalizer 2 (#1). With $35.8 million, beating its predecessor by $1 million. The two sequels were not the only ones in the race. In fact, a record was set in that 8 of the Top Ten were sequel films, including Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (#3), Incredibles 2 (#5), and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (#6).


Mamma Mia 2's debut was better than studio estimates, though great reviews and word-of-mouth was expected to take it further. It did, however, earn the fourth largest opening for a musical.


The third high profile opening was another sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web (#9). It opened to $3.49 million, just enough to secure a 9th place finish.


In limited release, Blindspotting (#21), a critical hit, debuted to 14 theaters, earning $332,500.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend includes action sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado (#11), heist comedy Ocean's 8 (#12), and sports comedy Uncle Drew (#13).


Next weekend, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is expected to top the box office with staggeringly large numbers. The film, starring Tom Cruise, is already earning stellar reviews. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is also opening.


TOP TEN:

(bold signifies a new release)


1. THE EQUALIZER 2 - $35.825 million

2. MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN! - $34.38 million

3. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION - $23.15 million

4. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - $16.1 million

5. INCREDIBLES 2 - $11.5 million

6. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM - $11 million

7. SKYSCRAPER - $10.9 million

8. THE FIRST PURGE - $4.9 million

9. UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB - $3.4 million

10. SORRY TO BOTHER YOU - $2.8 million


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