‘Equalizer 2’ takes top spot at box office


‘Equalizer 2’ takes top spot at box office

In the battle of two very different sequels at the box office this weekend, Denzel Washington’s action pic “The Equalizer 2” narrowly won out over the ABBA jukebox musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

Studios on Sunday estimate the R-rated Denzel Washington film grossed $35.8 million from North American theaters over the weekend. It’s Washington’s first sequel and the biggest opening of director Antoine Fuqua’s career. The first “Equalizer,” from 2014, opened similarly and went on to earn over $190 million worldwide.

Second place went to Universal Pictures’ “Mamma Mia 2,” which took in $34.4 million, a sum that was driven by an audience that was 83 percent female and 64 percent over the age of 25. The film brought back much of the original cast, like Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan, and added Cher, Andy Garcia and Lily James to the mix..

Rounding out the top five were: “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $23.2 million, third place; “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $16.1 million, fourth place; and “Incredibles 2,” $11.5 million, fifth place.

Britain’s Prince George marks 5th birthday

LONDON

Who doesn’t like birthdays?

Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, have released a new photo of their son Prince George to mark his fifth birthday.

The photo shows George grinning in the garden of Clarence House after the christening of his younger brother Prince Louis on July 9.

George is third in line for the British throne. His grandfather, Prince Charles, is heir to the throne and his father William comes next.

George has seemed increasingly self-assured in public this year, serving as a page boy at Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May at Windsor Castle and making several other appearances.

Associated Press

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