Sony has decided that it’s better for Denzel Washington to fight bad guys in the fall than the spring. According to Box Office Mojo, Antoine Fuqua‘s adaptation of the 1980s series The Equalizer has moved from April 11, 2014 to September 26, 2014. Washington stars a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble. The film also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett.
The move gets The Equalizer away from the family-friendly fare of Rio 2 and Stretch Armstrong (although with absolutely no movement on Stretch Armstrong since Breck Eisner signed on to direct a year ago, I seriously doubt it will make a release that’s less than a year away). Fuqua’s movie will now face off against Laika’s stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls and Tarsem‘s thriller Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds. The Equalizer probably has a better shot here because both Boxtrolls and Selfless will probably have odd styles that some audiences may find off-putting, and they can run into the safe arms of a Denzel Washington action movie. If Equalizer stuck around on April 11th, it would have to deal with not only Rio 2, but also Captain America: The Winter Soldier in its second weekend.