The Equalizer had no trouble claiming first place on Friday, opening to an estimated $12.6 million from 3,236 locations. That puts the Sony/Columbia thriller on track for around $35 million this weekend: by far the best bow for an R-rated September release. Based on the 1980’s TV series of the same name, The Equalizer looks like it will become the latest Denzel Washington vehicle to over-perform at the box office. Since 2004, the actor has not had a single wide release open below $20 million – a record that even perennial box office favorites like Johnny Depp and Mark Wahlberg cannot match. The Equalizer reunites Washington with Antoine Fuqua, his Training Day director. Fuqua’s previous career high was the $30.3 million debut of 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen.
Friday’s top five after the jump.