Denzel Washington in The Equalizer Leads Box Office Pack

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer (Sony Pictures/dist. by Warner Bros.) led the box office pack this weekend grossing a whopping $35 million in ticket sales both in the United States and Canada. In the flick, Washington’s character, Robert McCall, must rescue a Russian teenage girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) from the midst of Russian human traffickers. He does so in an action-packed movie that takes over the number one spot at the box office this weekend.

The Equalizer is based on a 1980s TV series which starred Edaward Woodward as the private detective, Robert McCall. In the Denzel Washington movie, McCall is a former CIA agent who comes out of retirement to aid the Russian teenager. The Sony Pictures movie cost an estimated $55 million to produce.

Antoine Fuqua directed The Equalizer. He also directed the Denzel Washington flick, Training Days. That movie earned Washington an Oscar. According to Indie Wire, the biggest factor in the success of movies starring Denzel Washington is that each one “is a stand-alone event “different from his last.”

Second place this weekend goes to The Maze Runner, a Young Adult (YA) drama and thriller which debuted in the number one spot last weekend. The movie stars Dylan O’Brien from the TV series Teen Wolf. In the movie, he joins other teens in gradually realizing that the isolated paradise they live in is not what it seems to be. They are trapped in a huge maze and must try to find their way out.

This weekend, The Maze Runner added $17.5 million to its overall domestic take. According to the movie’s distributor, 20th Century Fox, globally, the flick has grossed an estimated $45 million.

Coming in third place was the family-oriented animated comedy, The Boxtrolls. The flick features green trolls who, for some reason, seem to enjoy wearing cardboard clothing. Just like the old black-and-white movie King Kong and the TV holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), it was made using stop-action technology, involving puppets and miniature sets.

Two famous actors who voice the characters in The Boxtrolls are Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley. the flick is based on British author, Alan Snow’s book, Here Be Monsters! In its debut weekend, The Boxtrolls grossed a respectable $17.3 million.

In the movie adaptation, the Boxtrolls inhabit an underground world below the British city of Cheesebridge. They take in and raise on orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright). Ben kingsley does the voice of an evil exterminator bent on destroying the Boxtrolls, while Elle Fanning lends her vocal talents as the character of Winnifred or Winnie, a young human girl who befriends Eggs and tries to educate him in the ways of humans.

The Boxtrolls is on its way to becoming possibly the most successful animated movie yet for the independent studio, Laiki. Laiki, which is owned by Nike founder, Phil Knight, also produced Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012). Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures is the company distributing The Boxtrolls for Laika.

The fourth place at the box office was taken this weekend by the comedy This is Where I Leave You, distributed by Warner Brothers. Earnings fell off sharply from the third to the fourth place, with this movie only domestically grossing $7 million.

The second family-oriented flick in this weekend’s top ten was Dolphin Tale 2 ( dist. by Warner Brothers), which only managed to take the fifth place spot on the list. It grossed $4.8 million, an amount that likely would not have landed it in the top ten at all earlier in the summer.

Then, in sixth place at the box office was the movie No Good Deed. It grossed $4.6 million, while A Walk Among the Tombstones (Universal), coming in at number 7, took in $4.2 million. Its overall take, so far, has been disappointing for a Liam Neeson movie, having grossed domestically $20,871,000. At number 8 was Guardians of the Galaxy (Buena Vista), although it only grossed $3.8 million. Its overall take is now at $319,192,000.

The final two spots in the top ten list at the box office were the comedy, Let’s Be Cops, in ninth place, grossing $1.5 million. The total it has grossed thus far is $79,628,000. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount) came in at number 10, grossing $1.4 million. The overall take for this movie is currently at $187,182,000.

Though the box office take was up approximately five percent this weekend as compared to the same time last year, that was mostly due to the Denzel Washington movie, The Equalizer, coming in at the number one spot and leading the box office pack. Other than The Equalizer, the only movies that grossed more than $10 million were The YA drama The Maze Runner in second place and The Boxtrolls in third place. Next weekend, many people suspect that Gone Girl will take over the number one spot.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Indie Wire (blog)

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