One of the funnier mash-ups of Denzel Washington in his films is that he always says a variation of ‘I can guarantee you that’. Well, his word is his bond. His latest film came out of the gates swinging. The Equalizer was easily number one at the box office.
Grossing $35 million over the weekend, it became the fourth biggest opening in September’s history, and Denzel Washington’s third biggest opener. Only Safe House and American Gangster have had bigger openings.
The film reunites Washington with director Antoine Fuqua, who directed Training Day. Fuqua is becoming quite the action director with low budgets. Olympus Has Fallen was one of last year’s sleeper hits.
A quick primer on the story has Washington playing a former special ops operator going against the Russian mob. Cue the action. By the way, has anyone realized that Denzel Washington is nearly 60. Get off his lawn or he’ll put you down.
With a production budget of $55 million, this is heading to the land of profits for Sony in a hurry. That means sequel. “I’m pretty confident there will be a sequel,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. “From the beginning, as the story begin to unfold, it had possible franchise written all over it.”
Yeah, Denzel Washington kicking ass, of course there’s going to be a sequel. Personally, I like him as the reluctant action star. He did great in Man on Fire and Training Day. It’s like Liam Neeson. The older they get, the more they want to be complete badasses.
And why not, they get paid a lot of money to toss people all over sound stages. Plus, they never age.
Rounding out the box office over the weekend was The Maze Runner and The BoxTrolls. Both did in the $17 million range, with The Maze Runner holding up well in it’s second week.
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