WEEKEND MOVIES: Mixed reviews for “Mamma Mia 2,” pans for “Equalizer 2,” “Unfriended 2,” but “Mamma” will own “Ant-Man”

mamma3None of the three wide releases opening this weekend moved the Metacritic meter well into positive (over 60%) territory. “Mixed” reviews for “Equalizer 2,” “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” (“Mamma Mia 2”) and “Unfriended: The Dark Web” (“Unfriended 2”)

But “Mamma Mia 2” at least sits at a dazzling grade of 61.

Yawn.

Of course, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” will dominate the box office. Lots of ABBA fans out there, young and old. And Cher fans. Old. Very old.

It should earn $35-40 million, even if it’s a B-side version of the original. “Not the hit.”

Judging from Thursday night’s turnout at the theater where I caught “Equalizer 2,” Denzel could give “Mamma” a run for her money. A lot more people showed up at one of the busiest theaters the vast Regal chain to see “EQ2” than were there to sing along with the lesser titles of the ABBA catalog.

Box Office Mojo figures “EQ” could clear $25 million. Established brand vs. Established brand. Not great reviews for this one, but Denzel is riveting. 

And then there’s “Unfriended: The Dark Web,” which didn’t quite clear the “fresh” mark on Rottentomatoes. Not awful, just kind of heartless. If it clears $5 million it’ll be lucky, “brand” or not.

“Hotel Transylvania 3” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp” will drop to third and fourth thanks to the new arrivals.

 

 

 

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