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'Equalizer 2' is the surprise winner at the weekend box office with $35.8 million

Posted On: Jul 22, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

'Equalizer 2' is the surprise winner at the weekend box office with $35.8 million

Sony's "The Equalizer 2" won the weekend box office with $35.8 million.
That's a bigger opening than its 2014 original .
Universal's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" also had a strong opening weekend with $34.3 million.
Sequels continue to work like gangbusters this summer.
In a surprise outcome, Sony's "The Equalizer 2" took in $35.8 million to win the weekend box office over "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."
The first-ever sequel that Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua made in their careers, the movie surpassed the 2014 original's $34.1 million take. It was an impressive performance for a movie that had a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes .
But Fuqua did tell Business Insider that the sequel did better in test screenings than the original.
The performance by "Equalizer 2" also proves that sometimes star power can work. In a time when superheroes are more of a box office draw than superstars, Washington playing a vigilante seemed to be a draw.
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