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Box Office: ‘Equalizer 2’ takes the Weekend with $35.8-M

Box Office: ‘Equalizer 2’ takes the Weekend with $35.8-M

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Denzel Washington’s R-rated action sequel outgunned the $34.4-M debut of ‘Mamma Mia 2.’

In a Summer box-office upset, Sony’s R-rated The Equalizer 2 came in ahead of expectations to top the star-studded Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with an estimated $35.8-M launch in North America.

Mamma Mia 2 grossed an estimated $34.4-M.

The female-driven Mamma Mia 2 is not a disappointment in North America and opened in line with expectations.

Equalizer 2 beat projections, thanks to an ethnically diverse audience and keen interest among men.

Equalizer 2 is the 1st sequel of Mr. Washington’s career. Both pics were directed by Antoine Fuqua. Males made up around 60% of ticket buyers.

Equalizer 2 earned an A CinemaScore, compared to an A- for its predecessor. Mamma Mia 2 received an A-, the same CinemaScore as the Y 2008 original.

Mamma Mia 2 is one of the few 2018 Summer event films targeting females, who made up more than 80% of Friday’s audience, according to comScore.

The weekend’s 3rd new nationwide offering, Blumhouse’s horror-thriller Unfriended: Dark Web, came in at # 9 with an estimated $3.5-M against a production budget of $1-M.

Among holdovers, Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation came in at # 3 domestically with $23.2-M for a 10-day total of $91.1-M. Internationally, it earned another $37.7-M from 51 markets to pass the $200-M mark and finish Sunday with a global box office of $206.7-M.

Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp was No. 4 with $16.1 million for a domestic total of $164.6-D and worldwide tally of $353.5-M after earning another $21.6-M offshore.

Disney also took 5th place with Incredibles 2. The Pixar tentpole grossed $11.5-M for a dazzling domestic take of $557.3-M. Internationally, the animated film took in $36.5-M from 42 territories for a worldwide box office of $940.1-M, meaning it has a shot of marking $1-B by the end of its run.

Dwayne Johnson’s Summer event film Skyscraper continued to struggle in the US in its 2nd frame, falling to #6 and grossing $11-M for Legendary and Universal. That puts the pic’s 10-day North American take at $46.7-M.

New specialty offerings

Lionsgate NYSE:LGF) and Code Black’s critically acclaimed urban drama, Blindspotting. The Oakland-set urban drama marks the feature directorial debut of Carlos Lopez Estrada. Blindspotting, which opened in 14 theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and the Bay Area, grossed $332,500 for a screen average of $23,750, one of the best averages of the weekend.

The Top average of the weekend belongs to Bleecker Street’s Alexander McQueen documentary McQueen, which opened to $96,928 from 4 theaters for an average of $23,854.

Amazon Studios’ (NASDAQ:AMZN) new offering, Generation Wealth, opened to $33,602 from 4 cinemas for a screen average of $8,401.

A24’s Eighth Grade continued to impress as it expanded into a total of 32 locations in its 2nd outing. The film earned $794,000 for a screen average of $24,072.

Neon’s acclaimed doc Three Identical Strangers continued to climb the , grossing $1.4-M from 332 theaters for a  box office of $4.6-M. The film placed #14, the best ranking of any specialty title behind Annapurna’s Sorry to Bother You, which came in at #10 with $2.8-M from 1,050 locations for a box office of $10.2-M.

Three Identical Strangers is the latest documentary to prosper at the Summer box office after RBGand Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which has crossed the $18-M mark domestically in a major win for Focus Features.

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