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‘EQUALIZER 2’ BEATS ‘MAMMA MIA’ WITH $35.8M

Denzel Washington’s R-rated sequel outmanned the Meryl Streep and Cher-fronted Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again with an estimated $35.8 million opener. Mamma Mia raked in an estimated $34.4 million stateside, and debuted with $42.4 million abroad.

Mamma Mia opened in line with projections, but Equalizer 2 beat industry estimates. It’s the first sequel of Washington’s career, and it also outearned the first iteration, which scooped up $34.1 million in its opening weekend in 2014. The first Mamma Mia opened to $27.7 million in 2008.

Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman also star in Equalizer 2. Returning stars for Mamma Mia 2 included Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgard.