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09.28.2014

The Equalizer shoots to the top!

Denzel Washington returned to theaters with a vengeance this weekend as THE EQUALIZER gunned its way to #1 at the box office with an estimated $35 million!

Based on the 80s TV series about an ex-spy turned vigilante, the R-rated action-thriller reunited Washington with his TRAINING DAY director Antoine Fuqua. THE EQUALIZER's opening weekend was a career best for the director (beating OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN's $30.3 million debut last year), and landed between THE BOOK OF ELI ($32.7 million) and SAFE HOUSE ($40.1 million) for the acclaimed actor.

Critics gave the violent street justice a 59% average on Rotten Tomatoes, and paying audiences cheered the stylish brutality with an 'A-' CinemaScore. Given the movie's strong opening performance (on a reported $55 million reported cost) and reception from moviegoers, we might end up seeing Washington equalizing again in the future.

The latest young-adult release THE MAZE RUNNER jogged to second with another $17.5 million, a 46% drop from its opening. It's already trotted past the $100 million mark worldwide (on a $34 million cost), so it's not surprising that the adaptation of THE SCORCH TRIALS, the second book in the post-apocalyptic series, is already in the works.

The new stop-motion animated family movie THE BOXTROLLS opened in third with $17.2 million. That's a decent opening for the tireless team at animation studio Laika, whose CORALINE opened to $16.8 million and PARANORMAN started with $14 million (they also worked on Tim Burton's CORPSE BRIDE, which opened with $19.1 million). Critics gave their encounter with the subterranean beings a 71% average on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 'B+' CinemaScore from crowds.

The R-rated comedy THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU slipped a notch to fourth place with $7 million, down 39% from its opening last weekend. DOLPHIN TALE 2 and NO GOOD DEED followed in fifth and sixth, with the family movie treading water while the home-invasion thriller went by.

Liam Neeson's latest A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is already headed to the mortuary as it withered from #2 all the way down to seventh with $4.2 million in its second weekend, a 66% dive from its opening. Fortunately the actor and his particular set of skills will be back in January for an expected hit with TAK3N (the real title).

In eighth place, Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY kept on trekking with $3.7 million. James Gunn's intergalactic misfits have now passed IRON MAN's $318.4 million finish to become the third-highest domestic total in Marvel's cinematic universe, and the movie is just a few bucks short of the $644.8 million worldwide total of THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

LET'S BE COPS and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES closed out the list, while THE DROP and IF I STAY fell off the chart.

Next weekend brings director David Fincher's anticipated adaptation of best-seller GONE GIRL, the creepy doll from THE CONJURING stirs up terror in ANNABELLE, Nicolas Cage experiences the Rapture in LEFT BEHIND, and Reese Witherspoon stars in the limited-release drama THE GOOD LIE.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Equalizer $35 M
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2. The Maze Runner $17.5 M $58 M
3. The Boxtrolls $17.2 M
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4. This Is Where I Leave You $7 M $22.5 M
5. Dolphin Tale 2 $4.8 M $33.6 M
6. No Good Deed $4.6 M $46.6 M
7. A Walk Among the Tombstones $4.2 M $20.8 M
8. Guardians of the Galaxy $3.7 M $319.1 M
9. Let's Be Cops $1.5 M $79.6 M
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $1.4 M $187.1 M

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11:17AM on 09/29/2014
The Equalizer was awesome! I can't remember the last time I had that much fun in a movie in the action genre. Revenge based movies typically fall short of greatness, and this one didn't. That had a lot to do with Denzel's character, and the high quality villain in the film.

Potential SPOILER- I would give this film a 10 if it weren't for the disappearance of Chloe Moretz's character for the 2nd and 3rd acts. It seems like it would have been the most obvious move to take her as a hostage
The Equalizer was awesome! I can't remember the last time I had that much fun in a movie in the action genre. Revenge based movies typically fall short of greatness, and this one didn't. That had a lot to do with Denzel's character, and the high quality villain in the film.

Potential SPOILER- I would give this film a 10 if it weren't for the disappearance of Chloe Moretz's character for the 2nd and 3rd acts. It seems like it would have been the most obvious move to take her as a hostage since her beating is led him to kill everyone in charge of the prostitution ring. However, that didn't stop this movie from becoming my favorite film of the year!
9/10
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6:21AM on 09/29/2014
Denzel Washington back in action mode and his movie is now number 1 spot? Sweet!
Denzel Washington back in action mode and his movie is now number 1 spot? Sweet!
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5:40AM on 09/29/2014
I've said it before, and I know it will create extra work for you Dave, but I'd love for the worldwide total to be added to the weekend box office list.
I've said it before, and I know it will create extra work for you Dave, but I'd love for the worldwide total to be added to the weekend box office list.
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10:42PM on 09/28/2014
It was pretty much a perfect action movie.. Denzel was awesome as always, the villain was great, the writing was clever, and the film had a lot of heart.
It was pretty much a perfect action movie.. Denzel was awesome as always, the villain was great, the writing was clever, and the film had a lot of heart.
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8:24PM on 09/28/2014
I think Bumbray's Equalizer review is the most positive one out there. I can understand the criticisms offered by most critics, that it's formulaic, it's too long, Robert McCall is depicted as ridiculously over-powerful, but I had fun. It's Denzel being a badass, taking out the Russian mafia with barbed wire, hedge clippers, power drills and exploding canisters of oxygen - in a mircowave! Can't complain, although I was led to believe that Chloe Moretz's character would be in more of the film
I think Bumbray's Equalizer review is the most positive one out there. I can understand the criticisms offered by most critics, that it's formulaic, it's too long, Robert McCall is depicted as ridiculously over-powerful, but I had fun. It's Denzel being a badass, taking out the Russian mafia with barbed wire, hedge clippers, power drills and exploding canisters of oxygen - in a mircowave! Can't complain, although I was led to believe that Chloe Moretz's character would be in more of the film than she was.
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7:57PM on 09/28/2014
The Equalizer was such an amazing and brutally violent film. Really enjoyed it.
The Equalizer was such an amazing and brutally violent film. Really enjoyed it.
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5:02PM on 09/28/2014
Delighted for The Equalizer, well earned. Another wake up call to studios proving that R movies can and do work and Gone Girl will show that too.
(Im looking at you Expendables!!)
Delighted for The Equalizer, well earned. Another wake up call to studios proving that R movies can and do work and Gone Girl will show that too.
(Im looking at you Expendables!!)
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4:43PM on 09/28/2014
Denzel was phenomenal in The Equalizer.
Denzel was phenomenal in The Equalizer.
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1:59PM on 09/28/2014
Guardians of the Galaxy hasn't been released in China yet. It's projected to earn around $100million there (which is roughly on par with Winter Soldier). When that happens, GotG should reach close to $750million worldwide.
Guardians of the Galaxy hasn't been released in China yet. It's projected to earn around $100million there (which is roughly on par with Winter Soldier). When that happens, GotG should reach close to $750million worldwide.
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5:52PM on 09/28/2014
If only it would beat Titanic then the human race wouldn't seem so fickle.....
If only it would beat Titanic then the human race wouldn't seem so fickle.....
1:55PM on 09/28/2014
Equalizer was great and a really fun time. Good story, and lots of smart action; especially the ending. In my opinion, Denzel has never been better and/or scarier.
Equalizer was great and a really fun time. Good story, and lots of smart action; especially the ending. In my opinion, Denzel has never been better and/or scarier.
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