Summer Box Office Sequel Surprise: The Equalizer‘s Second Installment Upsets Mamma Mia With Stunning Box Office Win!

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Say it ain’t so, Mamma Mia 2!

The sequel to the star-studded original musical was poised to win at the box office this weekend with a female-heavy lineup, and a female-heavy cast, but… it just didn’t quite happen!

The Equalizer 2 came on strong, defied predictions, out-paced expectations, and took home the top slot of the box office!

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Starring Denzel Washington, the R-rated Equalizer sequel narrowly out-gunned the ABBA-inspired flick, with Denzel’s second installment taking home a total of $35.8 million over its opening weekend in theaters across North America.

Mamma Mia 2, on the other hand — even despite Meryl Streep making a late run at it to play her own character’s ghost near the end of the flick! — only took home $34.4 million in its opening weekend.

Just short!!!

The numbers aren’t great for either movie in a relatively quiet summer weekend in theaters, but it’s about what was expected for each, with Equalizer slightly beating out its own projections.

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Of course, Mamma Mia‘s first installment back in summer 2008 grossed just $27.7 million in its opening weekend, only later becoming a hit across the globe after a slow burn through theaters.

And The Equalizer‘s first installment — back in the fall of 2014 — was a real sleeper hit at the time, opening to $34.1 million domestically and suggesting that its storyline may yet have more life in it.

What about U, Perezcious readers?! Did U go see anything in theaters this weekend??

Let us know in the comments (below)!!!

[Image via Universal Pictures.]

Jul 22, 2018 6:51pm PDT

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