Two new mid-budget sequels — Universal
’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
” and Sony
’s “The Equalizer 2
,” are on pace to beat expectations at the box office, with “Mamma Mia!” topping the charts with an estimated $39 million opening from 3,317 screens.
That opening tops the $27 million start for the first “Mamma Mia!
,” even after inflation adjustment. The first film opened against “The Dark Knight
” in 2008, yet still went on to have huge legs at the box office with $144 million domestic and $609 million worldwide, holding the record for the highest-grossing female directed film of all-time until “Wonder Woman
” topped it last year. The sequel is performing better with critics with a 78 percent Rt score, while a mostly female audience gave it an A- on CinemaScore.
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In second place is “Equalizer 2” with an estimated opening of $34 million from 3,388 screens.