Box Office Battle: 'Equalizer 2' beats 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!'
Sony's (SNE) "The Equalizer 2" came in ahead of expectations with an estimated $35.8M launch in North America. The first sequel of Denzel Washington's career, the movie only debuted in 11 markets internationally, earning $3.3M. "The Equalizer 2" earned an A CinemaScore and sports a 50% Rotten Tomatoes score. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Universal's (CMCSA; CMCSK) "Mamma Mia: Here we go again!" debuted at number 2, grossing an estimated $34.4M. Behind it was Sony's "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," ending the weekend with $23.2M domestically for a 10-day total of $91.1M. Disney (DIS) and Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" placed number 4, earning $16.1M for a domestic total of $164.6M and worldwide tally of $353.5M. Rounding out the top five, Disney and Pixar's "Incredibles 2" ended the weekend with an estimated $11.5M for a domestic cume of $557.3M. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Lionsgate (LGF.A), Warner Bros. (TWX) and Viacom's (VIAB). TWX CMCSA CMCSK SNE FOX FOXA LGF.A DIS VIAB VIA