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The Equalizer tops US box office with $35 million to set September record

The Equalizer

Story by Jack Foley

DENZEL Washington’s The Equalizer has topped the US box office with an estimated $35 million to set a new record as the top September opening for an R-rated movie.

The film, which sees him reunite with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, is also based on the popular TV series of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward and ran from 1985 to 1989.

It finds Washington playing former special forces member Robert McCall, who has faked his own death in order to lead a quiet life, but who comes out of ‘retirement’ to help a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who has fallen under the control of violent Russian gangsters.

The opening figure marks the third-best opening of Washington’s career and underlines his continued box office pull in the US. A franchise could now be in the making.

A delighted Sony distribution chief, Rory Bruer, commented of Denzel’s attraction: “He’s one of the few actors on the planet that really appeals to everyone. And he and Antoine just bring out the best in each other.”

Elsewhere at the box office, last week’s winner The Maze Runner slipped to second but continued to perform well, earning $17.5 million, while animated family film Boxtrolls came third with $17.3 million.

Shawn Levy’s ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You came in fourth in its second weekend with $7 million, while another family film, Dolphin Tale 2, rounded out the top five with an estimated $4.8 million.

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