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THE EQUALIZER BLASTS ITS WAY TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE

September 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Even at age 65, Denzel Washington proved over the weekend that he was no expendable as his latest thriller, The Equalizer, debuted with an estimated $35 million — at the high end of analysts’ expectations. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, took in twice what second-place The Maze Runner, with $17.5 million, did. Preliminary figures also indicated that this weekend’s other wide opener, The Boxtroll, would strongly challenge The Maze Runner for second place. Its distributor, Laika Entertainment, estimated that it opened with $17.2 million. The Equalizer received an A- Cinemascore from audiences polled on Friday, suggesting that it will benefit from strong word-of-mouth. Overall the box office was about flat with last year, when Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 led with $34 million.

The top ten films at the box office over the weekend according to estimates compiled by Rentrak: 1. The Equalizer, $35 million; 2. The Maze Runner, $17.5 million; 3. The Boxtrolls, $17.2 million; 4. This Is Where I Leave You, $7 million; 5. Dolphin Tale 2, $4.8 million; 6. No Good Deed, $4.6 million; 7. A Walk Among the Tombstones, $4.2 million; 8. Guardians of the Galaxy, $3.8 million; 9. Let’s Be Cops, $1.5 million; 10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $1.5 million.