Denzel Washington, director Antoine Fuqua and a high concept action flick taking advantage of that burgeoning film genre wherein older men kick spectacular amounts of ass. How could it possibly fail? Well it most certainly didn’t, as The Equalizer took the top spot this weekend at the North American box office.
Busting into 3236 theaters, The Equalizer walked off with $35 million, the fourth highest opening of a September film of all time, just behind Hotel Transylvania,Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama. It’s also the 12th film in a row to star Denzel Washington that has made over $20 million on opening, with ten of those flicks being R-rated, proving that this is one actor who still has plenty of star power.
Opening in third place, Laika’s The Box Trolls took in $17.2 million. That’s the strongest opening yet for a Laika film, ahead of Coraline ($16.8 million) and ParaNorman ($14.1 million), and surpassing Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride from nine years ago. Chalk that success up to excellent marketing and an even better reputation that Laika films have earned. Here’s how everyone else did on the weekend:
- The Equalizer – $35 Million
- The Maze Runner – $17.5 Million
- The Box Trolls – $17.2 Million
- This Is Where I Leave You – $7 Million
- Dolphin Tale 2 – $4.8 Million
- No Good Deed – $4.6 Million
- A Walk Among The Tombstones – $4.2 Million
- Guardians Of The Galaxy – $3.7 Million
- Let’s Be Cops – $1.5 Million
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $1.4 Million
Top ten departures this week include The Drop and If I Stay. Starring the late James Gandolfini, The Drop made a dysmal $9.6 million at the domestic USA box office before dropping out after two weeks. If I Stay proved to have staying power however, as the $11 million film made $69 million worldwide over a six week run.
Last Updated: September 29, 2014