Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dancing Past ‘Equalizer 2’ to $30 Million-Plus Opening

July 19, 2018 - box office

In loyal popcorn-season form, it’ll be a conflict of a sequels during a domestic box bureau this weekend.

Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is holding a possibility during a tip mark opposite associate newcomers “The Equalizer 2” and “Unfriended: Dark Web.”

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The follow-up to 2008’s jukebox low-pitched “Mamma Mia!” is tracking for a three-day total between $30 million and $36 million when it opens in over 3,200 locations. A $30 million-plus entrance would be a burst on a predecessor’s $27 million start. Much like a strike Broadway low-pitched it was formed on, “Mamma Mia” became a box bureau smash, earning $615 million worldwide on a $52 million budget. Though it pocketed an considerable $144 million in North America, “Mamma Mia” found even larger success overseas, where Swedish cocktail organisation ABBA has a outrageous following. At a time, it was a highest-grossing film destined by a lady (Phyllida Lloyd), until it was surpassed by Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” in 2017.

Arriving in theaters a decade after a initial film, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is both a supplement and a prequel that once again facilities ABBA classics. Meryl Streep earnings as Donna, a mom of Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie. Though set 5 years later, a film relies heavily on flashbacks of Lily James as a immature Donna to tell a story of how she came to a Greek villa of Kalokairi and met Sophie’s 3 intensity fathers.

Most of a strange expel — including Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth as Sophie’s probable dads; Christine Baranski and Julie Walters as Donna’s best friends; and Dominic Cooper as Sophie’s father — reprised their roles. Pop fable Cher joins a expel as Sophie’s disloyal grandmother. Ol Parker, a screenwriter behind “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” took over directing duties and penned a script.

The rarely expected low-pitched should deflect off Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” that is sharpened for a $27 million to $32 million launch. Denzel Washington reprises his purpose as late CIA-agent-turned-security guard-turned-vigilante Robert McCall in a initial supplement of Washington’s scarcely 40-year career. Antoine Fuqua returned to approach a movie, that also stars Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman. In a follow-up, McCall sets out to revenge a murder of his friend.

If estimates hold, “Equalizer 2” will have a reduce opening weekend than a initial film. Despite lukewarm reviews, “The Equalizer” non-stop in 2014 with $35 million and went on to beget $192 million worldwide, including $101 million in North America. Critical accepting for “Equalizer 2” seems even reduction enthusiastic, and it stands during 39% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Meanwhile, BH Tilt’s “Unfriended: Dark Web” is awaiting a single-digit start between $6 and $8 million. The strange Blumhouse title, “Unfriended,” non-stop to double that series with $15 million. That film became a large moneymaker, pocketing $64 million from a $1 million budget. Stephen Susco done his directorial debut, yet a filmmaker is no foreigner to a fear genre. He wrote “The Grudge,” “The Grudge 2,” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D” before stepping behind a camera.

“Dark Web” is a standalone sequel, that follows a organisation of friends — Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, and Andrew Lees — who learn a laptop with unfortunate files. According to projection instructions shared on Twitter, a thriller facilities not one, though dual opposite endings. Apparently, there’s no approach to know in allege that moviegoers will see.

In singular release, Sundance heavenly “Blindspotting” is debuting on 14 screens. Daveed Diggs, famous for his Tony-winning purpose in “Hamilton,” wrote a Oakland-based play with his longtime co-operator Rafael Casal. Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, “Blindspotting” follows Diggs and Casal as lifelong friends by a final 3 days of Digg’s character’s year-long probation.

Other new offerings during a specialty box bureau also embody Magnolia’s Lauren Greenfield documentary “Generation Wealth,” Vertical Entertainment’s “Damascus Cover,” IFC’s “Far From a Tree,” and Bleecker Street’s conform documentary “McQueen.”

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