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The Equalizer 2 beats Mamma Mia as sequels dominate US box office

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Denzel Washington stars in The Equalizer, Lily James in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
When it was released on Friday, Mamma Mia 2 was all set to be the biggest film of the weekend, if not the summer.But a spanner was thrown in the works at the US box office, in the shape of Denzel Washington.The Equalizer 2, the follow-up to the 2014 original, raced past Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again to claim the top spot.The action sequel took an estimated $35.8m ([/img]

No fewer than eight of the top 10 films over the weekend were follow-ups, confirming that summer truly is sequel season for cinema.See if you can spot the two odd ones out below:
Weekend box office - US
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1. The Equalizer 2- $35.8 (?27.2m)2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - $34.4m (?26.1m)3. Hotel Transylvania 3 - $23.2m (?17.6m)4. Ant-Man and the Wasp - $16.1m (?12.2m)5. Incredibles 2 - $11.5m (?8.74m)6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - $11m (?8.36m)7. Skyscraper - $10.96m (?8.3m)8. The First Purge - $5m (?3.8m) 9. Unfriended: Dark Web - $3.5m (?2.7m)10. Sorry to Bother You - $2.8m (?2.1m)
Well done if you said Skyscraper and Sorry To Bother You were the only films not to be part of a franchise. Mamma Mia coming in second place is by no means a failure - the film opened in line with expectations.Instead, the surprise was the success of The Equalizer 2 - with analysts putting its success down to an ethnically diverse audience and keen interest among men."It was a surprise to come in at number one in an extremely competitive marketplace," Adrian Smith, Sony's head of domestic distribution, told Variety."It really speaks to the power of Denzel, without a doubt."Its success came in spite of a lukewarm response from critics, one of whom described the film as having a "plot that reads like middle-aged male fantasy".Read more:
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