Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer’ Blows Away Box Office With $35 Million Debut

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Denzel Washington – Mr. Dependable when it comes to a box bureau — did it again this weekend with “The Equalizer.”

The R-rated movement film re-teaming him with “Training Day”director Antoine Fuqua blasted a approach to No. 1 with $35 million opening and simply whacked final week’s tip film “The Maze Runner.” Fox’s immature adult epic took in $17.5 million and was battling this weekend’s other far-reaching opener, “The Boxtrolls,” for second. Focus Features’ 3D charcterised family film from Laika Entertainment took in an estimated $17.2 million.

The opening by “The Equalizer,” formed on a 1980 TV uncover and co-starring Chloe Moretz, is among a best Sep debuts ever and a top for an R-rated film. “Insidious Chapter 2” ($40.2 million) and “Sweet Home Alabama” ($35.6 million) are a live-action leaders, with a animated “Hotel Transylvania” tops with $42.5 million.

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Sony Pictures, that co-financed a $55 million “The Equalizer” with Village Roadshow and Lstar Capital, already has author Richard Wenk operative on a sequel. The bomb entrance all though assures that Washington, who won a Best Actor Academy Award for 2001’s “Training Day,” will finally do a followup for a initial time in his 30-year film career.

“The Equalizer” came in during a high finish of analysts expectations and is another nick on Washington’s considerable box-office gun barrel. His final 10 far-reaching releases have averaged a $28 million opening, an $86 million domestic sum and some-more than $170 million during a tellurian box office.

“We knew we had a leader and believed in this film from a start,” Sony placement arch Rory Bruer told TheWrap. “Dwight Caines (Sony’s selling chief) and his group unequivocally brought it home for us.”

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The dirty thriller played like a date movie, during only 52 percent male, and rather comparison with 65 percent of a crowds over a age of 30. The plain display with younger moviegoers can be attributed in partial to Sony’s amicable media campaign, that featured Eminem. A special trailer was cut featuring his singular “Guts Over Fear” and a thespian common it with his 18.7 million Twitter supporters and scarcely 95 million Facebook fans.

Sony had “The Equalizer” in 3,236 theaters, including full IMAX and reward vast format runs, and first-night audiences gave it an “A-” CinemaScore. That’s a aloft symbol than critics have given a film, that is during 58 percent certain on examination assembly site Rotten Tomatoes.

The opening by “The Boxtrolls” is a best ever for Laika, a prolongation association owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and run by his son Travis, who is both a CEO and an animator on a films.

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It’s had dual progressing releases. “ParaNorman” debuted to $14 million in Aug 2012 and went on to take in $56 million domestically and $107 million worldwide. “Coraline” opened to $16.8 million in Feb 2009 and brought in $75 million domestically and $125 million globally. 

Women done adult 57 percent of a audiences during 3,464 theaters and gave “Boxtrolls” a “B+” CinemaScore, in line with a critics who have it during 71 percent certain on Rotten Tomatoes. If Focus can interpret a plain reviews and word of mouth into staying power, a $60 million “Boxtrolls” should be a financial win.

Fox’s “The Maze Runner,” a teen movement film starring “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien, fell off roughly 50 percent in a second week. That’s a plain reason that a domestic sum to $58 million. “Maze Runner” is already good over $120 million worldwide and Fox has consecrated a supplement for subsequent September.

More to come …

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