“The Equalizer,” which stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, snagged the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend.
According to Variety, the revenge thriller grossed $35 million across 3,234 locations.
It trumped its fellow new releases including “The Boxtrolls,” which earned $17.2 million across 3,464 locations, and James Dashner’s best-selling young adult novel “The Maze Runner,” which debuted last week grossing $17.5 million in its second week.
In the Rated R film, Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by— he has to help her, as stated by the film’s site.
This marks Washington’s third biggest opening weekend of his career thus far. Safe House” released in 2012 earning $40.1 million, and “American Gangsters” released in 2007 grossing $43.6 million. “The Equalizer” also marked the fourth biggest September debut of all time.
In a statement, Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution, said, “I’m pretty confident there will be a sequel. From the beginning, as the story begin to unfold, it had possible franchise written all over it.”