That figure gave it a comfortable lead over the weekend’s other new wide release, Focus Features’ “The Boxtrolls,” which earned $17.2 million across 3,464 locations, and last week’s champ, “The Maze Runner,” which snagged $17.5 million in its sophomore frame. The young adult thriller has earned $58 million after two weeks in theaters.
“The Equalizer,” a gory story of a former special ops agent going toe to toe with the Russian mob, proved to be equally appealing to both genders, with 48% of the opening crowd comprised of females. It also skewed older, with 35% of the opening weekend crowd made up of people under the age of 30. Domestically, the film picked up $3.3 million on 352 IMAX screens, a record September debut for the big screen company.
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- Brent Lang
You can expect Matt Nable's upcoming interpretation of Batman villain Ra's Al Ghul in the upcoming third season of The CW's "Arrow" to bear more of a resemblance to the comic book version of the character than Liam Neeson's turn in "Batman Begins".
Entertainment Weekly spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about the League of Assassins leader:
"Now that the Arrow/Flash universe contains people with powers and contains the Mirakuru serum, it gives us a bit more license to be a little more 'comic book-y' than certainly even Christopher Nolan set out to do.
A lot of the themes for Oliver's journey that we were discussing this season are wrapped up in identity. Can he be both Oliver Queen and the Arrow? A lot of that turned out to get tied up with what we thought of Ra's al Ghul and who he was and where he »
- Garth Franklin
Liam Neeson said he would be willing to reprise the role of Ra's al Ghul in Arrow, but we now know that Riddick's Matt Nable will actually offer a different interpretation of the iconic Batman villain in The CW series. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, and he had this to say about their take on the leader of the League of Assassins. "Now that the Arrow/Flash universe contains people with powers and contains the Mirakuru serum, it gives us a bit more license to be a little more ‘comic book-y’ than certainly even Christopher Nolan set out to do," he teased. It's going to be interesting to see what he means by that, though the first look we got at Ra's in an extended trailer certainly indicated that this version would be a fair bit different! So, what brings him to Starling? "A »
Liam Neeson has once again teamed up with Seth MacFarlane, this time for the writer-director's upcoming film Ted 2. The two previously worked together on A Million Ways to Die in the West in which Neeson played the evil villain. MacFarlane revealed the news himself on Twitter saying:
There's no word on how big of a part he'll play, but it might just be a cameo role since it sounds like he one shot for one day. But you never know, he could always come back for more shooting. I do hope that Neeson's part is more comedic than the last one.
Freeman has a decent sized role in the film though as a civil rights lawyer who takes Ted on as a client. Mark Wahlberg is reprising his role, and the leading lady playing opposite him is being played by Amanda Seyfried. »
- Joey Paur
The first Taken 3 poster has landed online courtesy of an international one-sheet, and it’s almost impressively nonsensical. Taken 2 helmer Olivier Megaton returns to the director’s chair this time around, with the story finding Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills on the run after he’s framed for murder. Firstly, the official title is Tak3n which is just dumb. Secondly, nobody gets “taken” in this likely final sequel, so the title doesn’t even really make any sense. And third, this new poster sees Neeson standing under what looks to be the famous “Hollywood” sign, except there’s a giant “3” in the middle of the word (which from the front would form a weird-looking "E" I guess?). Except all of this probably doesn’t matter because all audiences really want out of Tak3n is to see Liam Neeson beat more people up. Admittedly this is an »
- Adam Chitwood
The Equalizer got off to a strong start on Friday, while The Boxtrolls had one of the best stop-motion animation debuts ever.At 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to an impressive $12.6 million. That ranks third all-time for star Denzel Washington behind American Gangster ($15.9 million) and Safe House ($13.6 million). It's also well above last Summer's 2 Guns ($9.9 million), which had a strong co-lead in Mark Wahlberg. For the weekend, The Equalizer is on track to gross at least $35 million.The Maze Runner added $5.18 million on Friday, which is off 54 percent from opening day. That's a very solid hold for a young-adult adaptation; in comparison, Divergent fell 64 percent at the same point. For the weekend, The Maze Runner will likely earn around $17 million.Opening at 3,464 theaters, The Boxtrolls earned an estimated $4.93 million on Friday. That's above fellow Laika Animation titles ParaNorman ($4.6 million) and Coraline ($4.5 million). If The Boxtrolls follows the same pattern as past family-friendly September releases, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua continue to make an unstoppable duo. The Equalizer, starring a fierce Washington as a former black ops agent drawn back into the game by a troubled prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) who’s targeted by Russian gangsters, raked in an impressive $12.6 million on Friday. Early bets from Sony low-balled first weekend numbers in the high 20-millions range. Estimates now suggest the movie will pull in closer to $36 million by weekend’s end, buoyed by Washington’s reliable charisma and A- CinemaScore reviews. A sequel is already in the works, which would be the first of »
- Karen Valby
Today we have an international poster for the upcoming third installment in the "Taken" franchise, giving us a look at the new title, which is "Tak3n," something that's being criticized online. Check out the poster below. In the new movie, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) becomes the hunted prey after he's framed for the murder of someone close to him. "I have to go on the run from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities," explained Neeson. "Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him." "Taken 3" is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and co-stars Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen and Forest Whitaker. It's set to hit theaters on January 9th, 2015. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Though he’s been no stranger to the action genre over the years, Denzel Washington officially joins the league of mature asskickers this month with The Equalizer. Just as Liam Neeson has the Taken franchise, so Columbia Pictures hope audiences will take to Robert McCall’s controlled vigilante antics and clamour for sequels. People of a certain age remember the movie’s source material, a 1980s American TV series starring an unlikely British lead, which Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have distanced themselves from. I presume this isn’t out of disrespect – the new version is more a reimagining than an adaptation. But it shares enough with the original to warrant a closer look at the small screen events that gave rise to this high octane fest of bone cracking and soul searching. We begin by going back to the 1960s, where the UK drama showcase Armchair Theatre introduced us »
- Steve Palace
You’ve spent the week up to your eyeballs. You’ve probably missed out on some of the big movie news from the last few days, right? Well, we’ve got you covered! And in case your eyes have exploded (and your ears are still working) we’ve got all this in a podcast too. Listen to an entire weeks worth of gossip and news in less than 6 minutes! Scroll down and find out how to listen (and subscribe) Bryan Singer is confirmed as the director of X-Men Apocalypse, which will also round off the First Class trilogy A new trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service arrived, and we’re still frightened of Sam Jackson’s accent You can’t teach an old dog new movies, as the first images from Taken 3 with Liam Neeson appeared online The crowd funded Irish movie, The Hit Producer, picked up 8 awards at »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
The name of the new Taken movie is still unclear, but we can bring you the facts. It will debut in January. It will star Liam Neeson as Brian Mills (again). It will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Columbiana, The Transporter 3)… and it will make a ton of money (probably). Here’s a look at a new international poster for the film, which looks like its doing funny things with the ‘Hollywood’ sign.
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- Paul Heath
“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
We present to you some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump: Liam Neeson and John Slattery will also be in Ted 2 Check out the first Dumb and Dumber To TV spot Watch the new extended Alien: Isolation TV spot Lindsay Lohan has an idea for a Mean […]
- Angie Han
We’ve seen a couple of batches of images from Taken 3 – sorry, Tak3n – this week [check them out here and here], and now we have the first international poster for the action sequel, which sees Liam Neeson returning as former CIA agent Bryan Mills…
Tak3n is once again helmed by Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton, and sees Mills on the run after being falsely accused of murder. Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace both return to the cast alongside Forest Whitaker (The Butler).
Tak3n is set for release on January 9th, 2015.
- Gary Collinson
Just below is the first French poster for Taken 3 or Tak3n as it will officially be referred to. Yes, that's right, the "e" is now a "3" and if this poster is any indication the number "3" plays a huge role in the film's plot because what other possible reason could there be for a poster that turns the "O" in the Hollywood sign into a "3"c Seriously, help me figure this out. I'm actually able to give them a little leeway with the title since this will be the first Taken film where someone isn't actually "taken". This time the bad guys are after Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) himself, so if they wanted to spice up the title a little, whatever, I can get down with calling it Takthreen. Who knows, maybe the story is actually a Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars spin-off where we learn Bryan Mills is actually »
- Brad Brevet
We’d like to believe that Taken 3 (or Tak3n as it’s being marketed) will be the final outing for Bryan Mills. It’s got to be. Surely he’s due for a serious medical episode after all of his tiresome globetrotting? The star of the franchise, Liam Neeson, has repeatedly stated that it is most definitely, absolutely, The last one. But, wait. Didn’t he say that about the second one?
If the European marketing campaign is anything to go by, the studio are aiming for one last push to draw in audiences. This could mean this truly is the last time Neeson will charge around the planet with a gun, being a badass and rescuing helpless women. Well, the last time under the name Bryan Mills at least (see: Non-Stop).
The very first poster, for the French market, ensures us all that its the end of the road for the franchise. »
- Gem Seddon
We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger) has landed the Big Bad role in the next Ya franchise, signing on to play the antagonist in the Maze Runner sequel The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. John Slattery is the latest familiar face to join the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s now-filming comedy sequel Ted 2. Guy Pearce and Dominic West (The Wire) have joined the fantastic ensemble cast for the literary drama Genius, playing a couple of legendary novelists. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. 20th Century Fox is moving incredibly quickly on a sequel to the Ya adaptation The Maze Runner after it opened to solid box office last weekend, already setting The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release next September. THR reports that Game of Thrones and The Wire alum »
- Adam Chitwood
After all, it’s not as if The Equalizer—a 1980s CBS detective drama starring Edward Woodward as a Good Samaritan retired intelligence agent—was a brand that still lured audiences. Antoine Fuqua’s violent action movie with Denzel Washington exists in an entirely different universe, the brutal and vengeful cinematic neighborhood of Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson, and Washington himself. Call it The Equalizer or call it Man on Fire 2—this is a Denzel action film, first and last.
The film doesn »
- Jeff Labrecque
Family Guy returns for season 13 with a vengeance—or at least the most-anticipated crossover episode in years as the Griffins spend some quality time in Springfield with the Simpsons (Sept. 28, 9 p.m. Fox). “I don’t have any expectations that it will start world peace,” executive producer Steve Callaghan tells EW. “I hope it entertains people for an hour, and I hope it puts to rest rumors that there’s a big feud between us and The Simpsons. And I hope it gets people to end global warming.” If that’s the goal of the premiere, how high did Family Guy »
- Dan Snierson
Newcomer Lewis MacDougall (now represented by United Agents) has been cast in the role of Conor O’Malley, a 13 year old young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates and his mother’s terminal illness by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster, who visits him nightly.
This is the second time talented Lewis,who attends acting classes at The Drama Studio in Edinburgh, has landed a role in a feature film. He will also be seen as Lost Boy Nibs in the up-coming Warner Brothers film Pan.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
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