Weekend Box Office: Denzel Washington’s THE EQUALIZER Takes Top Spot

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As expected, the Sony/Columbia Pictures  version of of the classic 1980’s TV series The Equalizer dominated the weekend box office, debuting to an estimated $35 million from 3,236 theaters.

The Denzel Washington revenge thriller is the third biggest opening in his career following American Gangster and Safe House.

A sequel to Antoine Fuqua-directed actioner is already in development and will presumably be green lit in a few months.

The adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner stayed on course, falling to second place in its second weekend with respectable $17.5 million, narrowly edging out Laika Studio’s stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls. This 3D family offering opened in third place with $17.2 million from 3,464 venues. It was Laika’s  highest debut to date. Their previous films are the Oscar-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman.

Shawn Levy’s adult-skewing dramedy This is Where I Leave You also held on rather well, dropping only 39% to fourth place and bringing in $7 million. The family sequel Dolphin Tale 2 took the No. 5 spot in its third weekend with $4.8 million.

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As you can see from the chart above, Marvel and Walt Disney Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy is still a force to be reckoned with. Now it sits third overall for Marvel Studios. The Top 10 was rounded out by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $1.4 million and Paramount has to be super pleased. The Michael Bay-produced reboot has grossed $187 million domestic/$342 million worldwide.

David Fincher’s Gone Girl and the prequel to last year’s The Conjuring are next weekend titles that will be definitely worth your time.

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