The two greatest actors of their generation faced off against each other this weekend, with Denzel Washington’s Equalizer 2 taking on Meryl Streep’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. While Meryl (with the help of Cher) narrowly lost out to Denzel at the box office, both movies can come away very happy with their grosses.
Equalizer 2 did not fare that well with critics (49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences gave it an A- Cinemascore, largely on the strength — I suspect — of Denzel’s presence. (There wasn’t much to his performance in this drab thriller, but it’s difficult not to feel in awe of the man’s presence in whatever movie he is in.) The sequel — the first in Denzel’s 40-year career — opened with around $35.8 million, improving upon the $34 million opening of…
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