‘The Equalizer 2’ a First for Denzel Washington and First at the Box Office


1.“The Equalizer 2”Sony$35,825,000
2.“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”Universal$34,380,000
3.“Hotel Transylvania 3”Sony$23,150,000
4.“Ant-Man and The Wasp”Buena Vista$16,126,000
5.“Incredibles 2”Buena Vista$11,520,000
6.“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”Universal$11,005,000
8.“The First Purge”Universal$4,980,000
9.“Unfriended: Dark Web”Blumhouse$3,495,000
10.“Sorry to Bother You”Annapurna$2,823,000


Denzel Washington‘s first ever sequel, “The Equalizer 2,” surprised box office prognosticators this weekend by winning the top spot. Box Office Mojo reports that the action sequel earned $35.8 million in its debut, edging out the musical sequel, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.

Pre-weekend estimates had the ABBA-inspired musical winning a tight race, but it was Washington’s violent revenge flick that won out in the end. Open in a few additional markets, “The Equalizer 2” currently sits at $39M worldwide. This is the third highest opening for a Denzel Washington movie, behind “American Gangster” and “Safe House.” It opens some $1.5M ahead of the first “Equalizer.”

Don’t miss Joey Magidson’s review of “The Equalizer 2” here on Awards Circuit.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” may have come in second, but it certainly has reason to celebrate. The film opened to $34M in the US, and $42M overseas, giving it a debut weekend of $76M worldwide. This puts it over the $75M production budget. It’s a big win for the sequel that received mixed reviews from critics.

Read the glowing review of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” from our own Chris James.

Last week’s first place movie, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” slips to third this week, adding $23M. The animated family film has cleared about $91M in the US and around $206M worldwide. It is the seventh highest grossing film for Sony Animation in only its second week.

Ant-Man and The Wasp” continues to do well, with another $16M for fourth place. In North American markets, the 20th MCU film has earned about $164M, with a worldwide total of $353M. Adjusted for inflation, it is still about $12M behind “The Incredible Hulk” and its theatrical run, but it will likely pass that in the next week or two.

Incredibles 2” drops one spot to fifth place this week with $11.5M. Disney/Pixar’s juggernaut now sits at $557M in the US, and $940M worldwide. If it crosses into $1 Billion territory, it will only be the sixth animated film to do so.

Narrowly behind the super movie is “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” with $11M. The latest dino flick sits at $383M in the US, and just under $1.2B worldwide. A full quarter of that billion is from China, and it has also performed fairly well in the UK, Mexico, and Germany.

One of only two non-franchise films in this week’s top ten is “Skyscraper,” which drops from third to seventh this week. Dwayne Johnson‘s latest added just $10.9M in its second weekend. The film has struggled to find an audience, earning $46M in the US and $131M worldwide. With a reported budget of $125M, it’s not a disaster, but it is certainly performing far below many of Johnson’s other action movies.

The First Purge” slides down to eighth place with $4.9M. It has a US total of $60M in just about three weeks in theaters. It is just under $100M worldwide. And with a budget of $13M, this success bodes well for the forthcoming television series.

The latest Blumhouse horror sequel, “Unfriended: Dark Web,” opened to $3.5M with no international numbers reported. According to Blumhouse, the film had a budget of just $1M, so this opening is in line with expectations.

And Boots Riley‘s unique sci-fi/fantasy/comedy/surrealist/dystopian film, “Sorry to Bother You,” closes out the top 10 this week with $2.8M. The film sits at $10.2M, and is the fourth highest grosser out of Sundance.

Next week’s new releases include “Blindspotting,” “Hot Summer Nights,” “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies,” and the long-awaited “Mission: Impossible—Fallout.”

Did you see “The Equalizer 2” or “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” this weekend? Comment below and share your adventures in moviegoing!