Mamma Mia!
Official film series logo
Based onMamma Mia!
by Catherine Johnson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Countries
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • United States[1]
LanguageEnglish
BudgetTotal (2 films):
$127 million
Box officeTotal (2 films):
$1 billion

The Mamma Mia! films are American musical movies, based on the 1999 Broadway musical of the same name, which was based on the songs of pop/soft rock band ABBA; while additional music composed by Benny Andersson. An international co-production between Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the first two films were directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Ol Parker, respectively. A joint-production lead by and distributed by Universal Pictures, the films star: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård; while Lily James and Cher joined the cast for the sequel. The first film received mixed reviews, and reviews for the second film were more positive. With two films released to-date, the series has grossed over $1 billion.

Development

Further information: Mamma Mia! (musical)

Films

Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriter Story by Producers
Mamma Mia!: The Movie July 18, 2008 (2008-07-18) Phyllida Lloyd Catherine Johnson Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20) Ol Parker Judy Craymer and Catherine Johnson & Richard Curtis and Ol Parker

Mamma Mia!: The Movie (2008)

Main article: Mamma Mia! (film)

Meryl Streep took opera singing lessons as a child, and as an adult, she previously sang in several films, including Postcards from the Edge, Silkwood, Death Becomes Her, and A Prairie Home Companion.[2] She was a fan of the stage show Mamma Mia! after seeing it on Broadway in September 2001, when she found the show to be an affirmation of life in the midst of mourning the destruction of the September 11 attacks.[3]

Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again (2018)

Main article: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

In July 2017 following the success of the first film co-chairman of Universal Pictures, David Linde confirmed development of a sequel. The film was directed by Ol Parker, from a script of his own.[4] Principal photography on the film began on August 12, 2017 in Croatia, including the island of Vis.[5][6][7][8] The cast gathered in October 2017, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, to film some song and dance numbers with Cher; while filming wrapped on December 2, 2017.[9] Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was scheduled for, and eventually released on July 20, 2018.[10]

Future

In June 2020, Judy Cramer, producer of the original stage production, announced that a third film is in development, with the producer confirming that the new ABBA songs written for the band's reunion will feature in the soundtrack. She stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays with development of the project.[11] Craymer confirmed in 2021 that ABBA's newly released songs from the Voyage album would appear in Mamma Mia! 3 and Stellan Skarsgård expressed interest in returning.[12]

Main cast and characters

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This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in more than two films in the series.

Character Films
Mamma Mia!:
The Movie
Mamma Mia!:
Here We Go Again
Sophie Sheridan-Rymand Amanda Seyfried
Donna Sheridan-Carmichael Meryl Streep Lily JamesY
Meryl StreepO
Sam Carmichael Pierce Brosnan Jeremy IrvineY
Pierce BrosnanO
Harry Bright Colin Firth Hugh SkinnerY
Colin FirthO
Bill Anderson Stellan Skarsgård Josh DylanY
Stellan SkarsgårdO
Tanya Chesham-Leigh Christine Baranski Jessica Keenan WynnY
Christine BaranskiO
Rosie Mulligan Julie Walters Alexa DaviesY
Julie WaltersO
Sky Rymand Dominic Cooper
Ruby Sheridan   Cher
Fernando Cienfuegos   Andy García
Greek god
University of Oxford professor
Björn UlvaeusC
"Dancing Queen" pianist
"Waterloo" pianist
Benny AnderssonC

Additional crew and production details

Film Crew/Detail
Composer(s) Songs
written by
Cinematographer Editor Production
companies
Distributing
company
Running time
Mamma Mia!:
The Movie
Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Haris Zambarloukos Lesley Walker Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
Littlestar
Playtone
Internationale Filmproduktion Richter
Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures International
1hr 48mins
Mamma Mia!:
Here We Go Again
Anne Dudley Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Robert Yeoman Peter Lambert Universal Pictures,
Legendary Entertainment,
Perfect World Pictures,
Littlestar,
Playtone,
Dentsu Inc.,
Fuji Television Network,
Croatian Audiovisual Centre
1hr 54mins

Release

ABBA and the film ensemble at the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia!, July 4, 2008.
ABBA and the film ensemble at the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia!, July 4, 2008.

Mamma Mia!: The Movie

Though the world premiere of the film occurred elsewhere, most of the media attention was focused on the Swedish premiere, where Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog joined Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson with the cast at the Rival Theatre in Mariatorget, Stockholm, owned by Andersson, on July 4, 2008. It was the first time all four members of ABBA had been photographed together since 1986.[13]

Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was released on July 20, 2018 by Universal Pictures in the UK, USA and other selected countries.[14]

Reception

For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article.

Box office and financial performance

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Film Budget Box office gross
North America Other territories Worldwide
Mamma Mia!: The Movie $52 million $144,100,000 $465,600,000 $615,700,000
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again $75 million $120,600,000 $281,619,000 $402,254,000
Total $127 million $264,700,000 $750,000,000 $1,018,000,000

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Mamma Mia!: The Movie 54% (182 reviews)[15] 51/100 (37 reviews)[16] A−[17]
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again 79% (264 reviews)[18] 60/100 (46 reviews)[19] A−[17]

References

  1. ^ "Mamma Mia! (2008) | BFI". British Film Institute. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Hiscock, John (2008-07-04). "Meryl Streep the singing and dancing queen". The Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  3. ^ Meryl Streep, speaking on 'Abba:The Mamma Mia Story', ITV
  4. ^ Anita Busch (May 19, 2017). "'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!' On Universal Pictures' 2018 Schedule". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ McCreesh, Louise (August 12, 2017). "Lily James shares snap of young Dynamos in Mamma Mia 2". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Harrison, Ellie (August 14, 2017). "Lily James shares photo from the set of Mamma Mia! sequel". RadioTimes. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Sommers, Kat (August 14, 2017). "First Look: The Dynamos Reunite as 'Mamma Mia 2' Starts Filming | BBC America". BBC America. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Demark, Nikolina (August 15, 2017). "Will the Filming of 'Mamma Mia' Affect the Island of Vis?". Total Croatia News. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  9. ^ McCreesh, Louise (December 4, 2017). "Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again! has officially finished filming". Digital Spy. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Bryan Alexander (2017-05-19). "'Mamma Mia' sequel 'Here We Go Again' coming next summer". US Today. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Shafer, Ellise (June 20, 2020). "'Mamma Mia' Producer Teases Third Film, Says It's 'Meant to Be a Trilogy'". Variety. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  12. ^ Kim, Brendan (October 14, 2021). "Mamma Mia! 3: Stellan Skarsgård Wants Dave Bautista To Star In Sequel". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2021-11-05.
  13. ^ Sandra Wejbro (2008-07-04). "ABBA återförenades på röda mattan (Swedish)". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
  14. ^ "'Mamma Mia!' Film Sequel Gets July 2018 Release Date". US News. May 19, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  15. ^ "Mamma Mia! (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  16. ^ "Mamma Mia!". Metacritic.
  17. ^ a b "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  18. ^ "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  19. ^ "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again". Metacritic.