Monday, July 23, 2018



The box-office was overrun by sequels over the weekend, as eight of the top ten films were either second, third, or fourth installments. The biggest surprise was the Denzel Washington starrer "The Equalizer 2", which opened ahead of "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again". The latter looked like it could top the charts, but ended up falling short of its optimistic projections. Another film that underperformed is the low-budget horror sequel "Unfriended: Dark Web"

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer 2" topped the weekend box-office with a $35.8 million debut, a slight improvement of the first film's $34.1 million opening weekend. The film brought in another $3.3 million from 11 international markets, which is 30% higher than the original's performance in those same markets, according to Sony. "The Equalizer 2" received mixed reviews from critics (50% on Rotten Tomatoes and 49 on Metacritic), while CinemaScore reports an "A" grade from its opening night polls, a step up from the first film's "A-".

The musical sequel "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again" opened in second place with $34.3 million, much better than the first film's $27.7 million debut. This is the fourth largest opening ever for a musical, behind "Enchanted" ($34.4 million), "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" ($42 million), and "Beauty and the Beast" ($174.7 million). The film also opened in 41 markets overseas and brought in an estimated $42.4 million, once again outperforming the original. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" received positive reviews from critics (79% from Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic), and a solid "A-" from CinemaScore.

In third place we find Sony's "Hotel Transylvania 3", which dropped 47% in its second weekend and grossed $23.3 million. The film has brought in $91 million domestically, and $115.6 million overseas. The film's overall performance is similar to that of its predecessor, and slightly ahead internationally.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" finished in fourth place with $16.1 million. The film dropped 45% in its third weekend, a much better result after last week's heavier 62% drop. The twentieth installment in the MCU grossed a total of $164.6 million domestically, and another $188.9 million internationally.

The Top 5 is rounded out by Disney and Pixar's "Incredibles 2" with $11.5 million. The film has reached a domestic tally of $557.3 million and its international cume has surpassed $380 million.

The third new wide release, Blumhouse's horror sequel "Unfriended: Dark Web" opened with $3.4 million from 1,546 theaters. The first film debuted with $15.8 million from 2,739 theaters. The sequel's saving grace is that, like the original, it only cost $1 million to produce.

New Wide Releases: "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!", "The Equalizer 2", "Unfriended: Dark Web".

Biggest Drop : "Skyscraper" (-56%)

Smallest Drop : "Incredibles 2" (-29%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Equalizer 2 $35.8M $35.8M $3.3M $62M
2 Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! $34.3M $34.3M $42.4M $75M
3 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $23.1M $91M $115.6M $80M
4 Ant-Man and the Wasp $16.1M $164.6M $188.9M $169M
5 Incredibles 2 $11.5M $557.3M $383.1M $200M
6 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $11M $383.9M $813M $170M
7 Skyscraper $10.9M $46.7M $85.1M $125M
8 The First Purge $4.9M $60.1M $36.3M $13M
9 Unfriended: Dark Web $3.4M $3.4M N/A $1M
10 Sorry to Bother You $2.8M $10M $M $3.2M


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