Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Denzel Snatches Victory from Jaws of Defeat! “Equalizer” Sequel Upsets “Mamma Mia” Sequel for the Win!


Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua Jr. came from behind today and took the weekend from Cher, Meryl Streep, and ABBA.

“The Equalizer 2” was the surprise weekend winner over “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.” Nicely done for Denzel, he beat the ABBA musical $35.8 to $34.3 million. All week the good money was on “Mamma Mia” right through Friday night. But “Mamma Mia” had a little more fall off than expected on Saturday and Sunday.

The top six movies this weekend were sequels, by the way. Yawn!

Many indie films did great including “Sorry to  Bother You,” “Blindspotting,” “Leave No Trace,” and “RBG.” But the Whitney Houston doc took a big fall, from number 17 to 28. Roadkill Attractions pulled it from 291 theaters in its third week, ensuring its early death. Too bad. But it’s too to get into name calling again just yet.

Meantime the Beatles’ 50th anniversary edition of “Yellow Submarine” is up to $683,000 in its third week.

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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