Denzel Washington reprised the role of Robert McCall in The Equalizer 2 and managed to squeeze out a box office win over another sequel that hit theaters this weekend, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Again directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer 2 earned $35.8 million from 3,388 theaters, an average of $10,574 per theater. The first film opened to $34.1 million its first weekend in September of 2014. The Sony Pictures release received an A CinemaScore from audiences and cost about $62 million to make.
Also starring Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo, The Equalizer 2 debuted in 11 international markets with a gross of $3.3 million, which is 30% higher than the original for the same group of markets. The majority of the overseas rollout begins in August.
Opening close behind in second place was Universal Pictures‘ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which debuted with $34.4 million from 3,317 theaters, an average of $10,365. That beats the first film’s opening weekend of $27.8 million in July, 2008. Receiving an A- CinemaScore, the film also scored $42.4 million internationally from 41 markets, for a global total of $76.8 million so far. The sequel will open in 27 more markets in the coming weeks.
Written and directed by Ol Parker, the $75 million sequel stars Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Jessica Keenan Wynn, with Cher and Meryl Streep.
Dropping two spots to third place, Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation added $23.2 million its second weekend and has brought in $91 million in North America. Internationally, the third installment earned another $37.7 million from 51 markets to push its overseas total to $115.6 million and worldwide sum to $206.7 million. The film’s upcoming major markets include France (July 25), UK (July 27), South Korea (August 8), and Italy (August 22).
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80 million sequel features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.
Marvel Studios‘ Ant-Man and The Wasp took fourth place this weekend with $16.1 million to bring its domestic total to $164.6 million after three weeks. The sequel collected another $21.6 million overseas and has reached $188.9 million, for a worldwide total of $353.5 million. Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.
Disney•Pixar Incredibles 2 rounded out the top five domestically with $11.5 million and the sequel has now grossed $557.3 million in North America. That makes it the highest-grossing animated release of all-time domestically. Internationally, Incredibles 2 earned $36.5 million and is now at $383.1 million, for a worldwide total of $940.4 million. Directed by Brad Bird, the sequel features the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.
Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom scared up another $11 million in North American theaters in sixth place and is now at $383.9 million in North America. Internationally, the sequel has grossed an impressive $813 million and worldwide it’s at $1.197 billion. Directed by J.A. Bayona, the $170 million sequel stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, and Jeff Goldblum.
Universal also held the seventh spot with Skyscraper, which brought in $10.96 million its second weekend, for a total of $46.8 million. The Dwayne Johnson-starrer has grossed $129.2 million overseas and $180 million worldwide. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the $125 million-budgeted film also stars Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, and Hannah Quinlivan.
BH Tilt also released the low-budget thriller Unfriended: Dark Web in 1,546 theaters, where it grossed $3.5 million, good for ninth place. The Unfriended (2014) follow-up cost just $1 million to make and was written and directed by Stephen Susco. Audiences gave Unfriended: Dark Web a C CinemaScore.