Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother man? Shaft!
Who is the man that can stop the box office drought? Shaft err, I mean Denzel.
Opening at 3,234 theaters, Denzel Washington;s latest movie “The Equalizer”, is going to easily take first place at the box office this weekend. “The Equalizer” is based on the TV show starring Edward Woodward. The series aired on CBS for four seasons in the 1980s. I can’t say I remember this show, which is odd because back then I’d watch anything on television. I even watched “Manimal” for Pete’s sake.
The CBS series featured a former intelligence agent who uses a unique skills to help average people “equalize” the odds against them. And I’m guessing the movie version more or less follows the same basic premise, but with better writing and acting. Guess I’ll find out for sure when I see the movie this weekend.
But let’s get back to Denzel, shall we?
“The Equalizer” also stars Chloë Grace Moretz, some that could use a hit movie right about now. But more importantly, the film reunites Denzel with director Antoine Fuqua, who helmed 2001’s “Training Day”. The film which finally won Denzel an Oscar for Best Actor. Although I still firmly believe he should have won for “The Hurricane” and not “Training Day”. But that’s another story for another day.
According to Fandango, “The Equalizer” is out-selling Denzel’s “Safe House” ($40.2 million), and “2 Guns” ($27.1 million). Well I believe in Denzel too, and I believe “The Equalizer” will take the top spot this weekend with $40 million.
Sony has high hopes for the film, and a sequel to “The Equalizer” is already in development. If there is a sequel, it will be the first sequel in Denzel’s 30-plus-year career. Spooky, ain’t it?
Opening at 3,464 theaters, “The Boxtrolls” is the latest movie from stop-motion animation house Laika Animation. I like stop-motion films, but the formats is not known for strong opening weekends: the biggest opening ever for this type of movie belongs to “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”, which opened to $19.1 million way back in 2005. Laika’s biggest opening was “Coraline” which opened to $16.8 million in 2009
I don’t think “The Boxtrolls” will debut that high. But the film won’t be a complete flop either. “The Boxtrolls” should open in third place (behind “The Maze Runner”) with around $15 million.