In just over a week’s time, Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again hits cinema screens – and it’s probably going to make a lot of money.

I feel I can say this with some certainty due to a number of reasons.

  • Reason One: When the original Mamma Mia! was released in 2008 it was a huge hit, packing in audiences and raking in an impressive $609,841,637 at the worldwide box office. In the UK alone the movie was a monster hit, taking more than $13 million. The sequel is sure to grab the same sort of attention this time around.
  • Reason Two: Based on the trailers alone, Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again is sticking to the tried and tested formula of recruiting pretty much everyone from the original movie and reuniting them for this sequel. Hey, Universal Pictures aren’t stupid, by sticking to the ‘if it ain’t broke’ rule, the studio is giving audiences exactly what they want – the same sort of movie!
  • Reason Three: Speaking of giving audiences what they want, the sequel isn’t afraid to revisit the highlights of the first movie. Cue Dancing Queen

  • Reason Four: Back in 2008, Mamma Mia! was pretty much review proof. Critics may not have been entirely sold on the movie (it currently has a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences didn’t care. Surely Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again will follow suit?
  • Reason Five: One thing that everyone could agree on about Mamma Mia! was that Pierce Brosnan pretty much murdered every song he featured on. For this sequel, we have a new actor murdering songs – Hugh Skinner (aka the young version of Harry). His… er… version of Waterloo (see below) demonstrates that the movie is at least consistent in not worrying about the singing.

  • Reason Six: The reason that trumps all of the other reasons above – Cher. Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again features Cher! If that’s not guaranteed success then I don’t know what is.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again hits UK cinemas on Friday July 20th.