Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
The Equalizer, 2014.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.
There’s a scene towards the end of The Equalizer where the stakes should be at their highest. The bad guy is about to kill an innocent man and, right on cue, in walks our hero, Denzel Washington. Water pours down from the sprinkler system overhead, he has a nail gun raised and poised to pull the trigger. The entire scene takes place in slow motion, the thunderous and obnoxious score blasts out, and I believe »
- Gary Collinson
Final Update, 3:30 Pm: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also added are the thriller about hacking
2Nd Update, 6:37 Pm Pt: Despite the arrival of The Equalizer on 4,994 international screens, for a total take of $19M (including Village Roadshow markets), and the continued effort of The Maze Runner, this was a reasonably quiet overseas weekend whose initial estimates for the Top 10 studio releases are down about 15% on last frame. Those numbers don »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Sony had its sights set on The Equalizer 2 long before Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua.s hard-hitting justice thriller opened to a robust $34.1 million . Washington.s best opening since 2012.s Safe House notched $40.1 million. Those who saw The Equalizer in theaters know that a franchise officially is launched with this initial movie. But where do we stand as far as the immediate future for The Equalizer 2? During an exclusive conversation with Antoine Fuqua regarding his latest movie, we got around to talking about plans he might have for the follow up. He told me: We have talked about it a lot. Myself, the studio and Denzel. Everybody wants to. We.re all adults, we know. Let the audience decide, and we.ll roll with the results. If all goes well, I.ll definitely be back. I would love to do it again. I think there is a lot of room, »
Update, Monday, 1:44 Pm: The Equalizer came in beneath Sony’s estimates, bringing in $34.1 million for the three-day weekend, easily running over the other newcomer, the animated The Boxtrolls. However, the Denzel Washington film is likely to get side-swiped next weekend by the David Fincher-directed mystery thriller Gone Girl, which is already tracking well for an expected big weekend haul for Fox. Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, the Ben Affleck-starrer may end up cannibalizing the audience away from Denzel. Gone Girl opens in 50 markets around the world next weekend, too, giving it the first wide international rollout of the fall.
Meanwhile, Focus Features’ The Boxtrolls ended up with a $17.2M take as the first animated fare since June to grace theaters. It gets another weekend before Disney drops Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on October 10. Heck of a title and »
- Anita Busch and Scott Bowles
The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disappearance of a prostitute acquaintance (Chloe Grace Moretz) lures him into a battle with the Russian mafia.
The strong opening marks the third-best debut in Washington's career, trailing only 2012's Safe House ($40.1 million) and 2007's American Gangster ($43.6 million). Washington, who will turn 60 in December, has been one of Hollywood's most reliable draws without the benefit of anything like a superhero franchise.
"He's the very model of box-office consistency," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "I can't think of another star that's this consistent, that remains this rock solid over the course of three decades."
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Why was anyone surprised that "The Equalizer" was a solid hit, opening at an estimated $35.0 million?
Tracking suggested that the Denzel Washington movie would open only in the high 20s; after all, it's a movie based on a second-tier 1980s TV action drama that no one under 50 remembers fondly, and it's competing in the marketplace with Liam Neeson's similar "A Walk Among the Tombstones."
Nonetheless, "The Equalizer" pulled off the fourth largest September opening ever and marked the 12th straight $20-million-plus opening for a Washington wide-release movie, a track record stretching back a decade.
Clearly, Washington remains, at 59, one of Hollywood's most reliable box office draws. (And like fellow Aarp-aged action hero Neeson, Washington shows no sign of slowing down.)
What is he doing right? What does he have that others don't? Here are a few things.
Consistency. The world-weary, vengeful man-of-action role that Washington plays in "Equalizer" may »
- Gary Susman
Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer" thriller took first place at the domestic box office with $35 million, about $10 million more than expected. The film scored the top September opening for an R-rated movie and the third-best opening of the actor's career, behind "American Gangster" ($43.6 million) and "Safe House" ($40.2 million). "The Equalizer," which has a 59% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, earned an additional $17.8 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $53 million. Considering that the film cost $55 million to make, it's already on its way to become a hit. The other new wide release of the weekend was the animated "The Boxtrolls," which took third place with $17.3 million, the best opening for the Laika animation company, which was also behind "Coraline" ($16.8 million) and "ParaNorman" ($14.1 million). "The Boxtrolls" earned another $17.7 million for a worldwide total of $35 million. It has a 72% fresh rating. »
Denzel Washington retained his position as one of the biggest box office draws around (and one of the most consistent hit makers in the business) as The Equalizer grabbed an estimated $35 million to take the top spot at the North American box office. His R-rated thriller was the third-biggest opening of his career, after American Gangster ($43.6 million) and Safe House ($40.2 million), but those titles also had more bankable co-stars sharing the marquee with Washington. The newest team-up between the A-lister and his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, opened at the high end of industry expectations. It was also the fourth-biggest opening in September history (after Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama), but the largest unadjusted gross for an R-rated opener in this month.
With an aggressive marketing campaign, which included a premiere at the Toronto film festival, and few options for adults (viewers 30 and over counted as 65% of »
- Jordan Adler
Denzel Washington vigilante thriller The Equalizer took the weekend box office with an estimated $35 million, the actor's best opening weekend since Safe House over two years ago. The film beat out last weekend's winner The Maze Runner, which brought in $17.5 million to bring its cumulative gross to $58 million. The other new release over the weekend, the creepy animated film The Boxtrolls, debuted at $17.2 million. This Is Where I Leave You brought in $7 million and Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top five with $4.8 million. Can we get a Denzel–as–Jay Z laugh up in here? »
- E. Alex Jung
The big screen adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling young adult novel earned $27.5 million from 7,044 screens in 62 markets. “The Maze Runner” has so far made $149 million globally and is set for release in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and, most crucially, China, all of which will host the film next month.
“The Equalizer” picked up $17.8 million overseas in 64 territories, with $1.4 million of that coming from IMAX showings. Denzel Washington is unrivaled when it comes to his domestic appeal, but his star doesn’t tend to shine as brightly in foreign countries. Recent Washington projects such as “Safe House,” “Flight” and “2 Guns” have made more in the U.S. than they have overseas, a rarity given that the business has grown increasingly fixated on the international marketplace. »
- Brent Lang
Featuring superstar Denzel Washington operating well within his wheelhouse, R-rated action movie The Equalizer had one of the biggest September openings ever this weekend.Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls had an above-average debut for a stop-motion animated movie, though it still wound up slightly behind The Maze Runner's second weekend.Playing at 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to $34.1 million this weekend. That ranks fourth all-time in September behind Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama. Among Denzel's movies, The Equalizer's debut ranks third behind American Gangster and Safe House. Lots of factors contributed to this strong debut*a well-managed marketing effort, outreach to Eminem's massive fanbase, etc.*though the real key to the movie's success is the name above the title. Denzel Washington is one of the few bonafide movie stars at the domestic box office; excluding The Great Debaters (in which he played a supporting role), The Equalizer is »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here’s an interesting little box-office nugget from Gitesh Pandya: over the past decade, every single one of Denzel Washington’s 12 starring vehicles has opened north of $20 million and within the box-office top 3. None were sequels. Translation? Washington is Mr. dependable at the box-office. Despite backhanded reviews—terrible, but enjoyable—Sony’s “The Equalizer” took the number one spot this weekend by a considerable margin, making for the third highest opening for Washington after “American Gangster” and “Safe House.” This wasn’t much of a surprise. The Antoine Fuqua-directed actioner definitely seemed like a crowd-pleaser, delivering exactly what it promised, action and violence, to its intended young male audience. The movie earned a very good A- Cinemascore, and the picture took in a solid $35 million in its debut weekend. It hasn't made its budget back, but for September this is a strong number and those grosses are only going to climb. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Denzel Washington once again showed he's a consistent performer at the U.S. box-office with his new take on "The Equalizer" pulling in an estimated $35 million over the weekend despite tepid critical reviews.
That marks the third-best opening of his career (behind "American Gangster" and "Safe House"), and the best September opening for an R-rated movie. Internationally though it didn't fare so well, chalking up around half that figure in over sixty markets. With a production budget at a modest $55 million though, and a solid A- CinemaScore, it'll be a profitable venture for Sony Pictures.
The second week of Fox's "The Maze Runner" kept up the pace in second spot with $17.5 million. It has amassed a worldwide total of $149 million. Liam Neeson's crime drama "A Walk Among the Tombstones" falling by 67% in its second outing to just $4.1 million and seventh place.
The other big opener this week was Laika's "The Boxtrolls, »
- Garth Franklin
The last weekend of September was a good one for Denzel Washington as he reunited with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for a new take on the '80s show The Equalizer (Sony), co-starring Chloe Moretz and Marton Csokas, which opened with a solid $35 million in 3,236 theaters. It averaged more than $10,000 per location and is the third biggest opening in Washington's career following 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House. Laika Studio's stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls (Focus Features), featuring the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright and more, opened with an estimate of $17.3 million in 3,464 theaters (about $5,000 per location) while also taking in $17.7 million overseas in ??? territories for a first weekend total of $34.9 million. »
Denzel Washington delivered in a big way at the box office this weekend with “The Equalizer.” He's one of Hollywood's most bankable male stars and nearly always delivers, but the $35 million opening of the gritty action saga was something special. It was the biggest opening for an R-rated movie ever in September and Washington's biggest since “Safe House” debuted to more than $40 million in February of 2012. That “The Equalizer” was going to dominate the weekend was a given, since the only other wide opener was the animated family film “Boxtrolls,” but not many people anticipated this powerful of a »
- Todd Cunningham
As expected, The Equalizer came out on top this weekend, earning an estimated $35 million from 3,236 locations. That’s surprisingly strong for a September debut – especially considering the movie is based on a TV series few people remember. The credit goes to Denzel Washington, who has one of the best opening weekend records of any A-list actor. Not all of Washington’s films in the past decade have gone on to be hits (Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), but the man can definitely open a movie. The Equalizer is Washington’s best box office debut since 2012’s Safe House and it also gives director Antoine Fuqua the highest opening of his career. Title Weekend Total 1. The Equalizer $35,000,000 $35 2. The Maze Runner $17,500,000 $58 3. The Boxtrolls $17,250,000 $17.2 4. This Is Where I Leave You $7,010,000 $22.5 5 Dolphin Tale 2 $4,835,000 $33.6 6. No Good Deed $4,600,000 $46.6 7. A Walk Among the Tombstones $4,234,000 $20.8 8. Guardians of the Galaxy $3,789,000 $319.1 9. Let’s Be Cops $1,515,000 $79.6 10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »
- Nicole Pedersen
Denzel Washington is #1 at the box office again, this time with The Equalizer and with an "A-" CinemaScore audiences seemed to like what they saw. Opening to the tune of $35 million, this makes The Equalizer Denzel's third highest opening ever, behind American Gangster ($43.6m) and Safe House ($40.2m). Personally I didn't think there was a chance of it opening above $30 million, but seeing how I had some ridiculous fun with the action-thriller I'm happy to see it. I wonder, though, does this put The Sequelizer in motionc I have to imagine there's a strong chance and if I'm not mistaken, it would be Denzel's first sequel ever. I'm in. The weekend's other new wide release was the latest film from stop motion animation house Laika and it was their highest debut to date, as The BoxTrolls scored $17.2 million, but it's a record that may not hold once actuals come in »
- Brad Brevet
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.
Sony Pictures and Village »
- Brent Lang
The Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, coming out ahead of some forecasts for the film. In it, Washington plays a former commando lured into a battle with the Russian mafia.
Last weekend's top-performer, the young adult novel adaptation "The Maze Runner" slid to second with $17.5 million in its second week.
The stop-motion animated release "The Boxtrolls" opened in third with $17.3 million. It's the best opening yet for the Oregon-based animation studio, whose previous films are "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." »
- The Associated Press
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