BOX OFFICE REPORT
July 20-22, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Equalizer 2||$35.8 million|
Here We Go Again!
|Hotel Transylvania 3:
|Ant-Man and the Wasp||$16.1 million|
|Incredibles 2||$11.5 million|
In one of the closest finishes of the year, The Equalizer 2 made just $1.5 million more than Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Both sequels improved on their original film's debuts. The Denzel Washington action flick earned an estimated $35.8 million. That's Denzel's third-biggest opening ever, behind American Gangster and Safe House. That's also the best debut for director Antoine Fuqua.
In a successful bit of counter-programming, the supremely extra sequel to Mamma Mia! opened almost a decade to the day after the original opened against the then-biggest movie ever: The Dark Knight. This time, it opened $7 million higher, which is more than just inflation at work. Ten years worth of replays on cable, DVD and sing-a-long sessions have made the ABBA musical a full-on phenomenon.
Hotel Transylvania 3 slipped to third, though its neck-and-neck with where the second film was at this point in its run. Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped to fourth, though it's holding on at a reasonable rate. It still might not get to $200 million though. And Incredibles 2 continued its sixth weekend in the top 5, one of the best runs of the summer, behind only Avengers: Infinity War.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: McQueen, the documentary on the late British fashion designer. The film averaged $24,232 on its four screens.
- Blindspotting also debuted strongly. The other Oakland dramedy from a team making their feature debut averaged $23,750 on its 14 screens.
- Unfriended: Dark Web debuted with one of the smallest openings for a wide-release horror film of 2018. Still, even though it only made $3.4 million, it already exceeded its budget of $1 million.
It's my most anticipated movie of the summer, and judging by the early buzz, it is for a lot of people. Mission: Impossible – Fallout could go as high as $65 million (and maybe even higher), putting it far ahead of the biggest debut of the franchise, 2000's Mission: Impossible II. That would also make it Tom Cruise's biggest opening ever, at age 56. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies could also debut with as much as $40 million.