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IN A THRILLER, DENZEL, AT 65, STILL LIKELY TO PACK ‘EM IN

September 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

This weekend will again test whether an aging actor, holding down the lead of an action film, can attract a largely young moviegoing audience. The Equalizer, starring 65-year-old Denzel Washington, is being released one week after A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring 62-year-old Liam Neeson, opened with a mediocre $12.8 million. The director of The Equalizer is Antoine Fuqua, who worked with Washington on the hit film Training Day in 2001. It grossed $22.5 million on its opening weekend and went on to earn a total of $76.3 million. Most analysts agree that The Equalizer will do better; in fact they’re predicting a weekend take of $28-33 million for the R-rated film. Opening at the opposite end of the cinema spectrum this weekend is the stop-motion animated film The Boxtrolls, from the studio behind the award-winning Caroline and Paranorman. It will likely gross $12-15 million. That’s also about what the second week of The Maze Runner, last weekend’s top film, is expected to earn.