Equalizer 2 Tops Mamma Mia! in Battle of the Sequels

Vigilante thriller beats box-office expectations
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2018 11:11 AM CDT
This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Denzel Washington in a scene from "Equalizer 2."   (Glen Wilson/Sony, Columbia Pictures via AP)

(Newser) The Equalizer 2 surprised Hollywood by passing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and taking top spot at the weekend box office, Variety reports. The Denzel Washington vigilante thriller banked $35.8 million over Mamma Mia's $34.4 million, with Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($23 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp ($16 million), and Incredibles 2 ($11.3 million) wrapping up the top five. Another wide release was Unfriended: Dark Web—a sequel to 2015's Unfriended—which limped along at $3.5 million but cost only $1 million to make. Among specialty offerings: Blindspotting, about two lifelong friends coping with the final days of probation, was released on 14 screens in major cities and grossed $332,500, per the Hollywood Reporter. (Read more box office stories.)

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