Sunday, May 19, 2024

The Winner Takes it All: ABBA Cleans up as “Mamma Mia” Sequel Equalizes Denzel Washington


As predicted, “Mamma Mia” took the Friday night box office by storm. Using a Cher and Meryl Streep “Silkwood” reunion, the ABBA musical raked in $14,277,000 and was number for the night and weekend.

Denzel Washington’s “Equalizer” sequel– the only sequel Denzel has ever been in — came in 2nd, with $13,555,000. Denzel  may consider not doing a third installment after this one is met with some antipathy. He has more important things to do.

In less fraught news, Annpurna Pictures’ “Sorry to Both You” will flirt with the $10 million mark this weekend– it will take to Tuesday maybe to get there. Boots Riley’s nutty little film could turn out to be the “Get Out” of the summer. We’ll wait and see how that plays out.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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