Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’ Scores $1.45 Million in Thursday Night Shows

The action pic is looking at a $30 million weekend

Last Updated: September 26, 2014 @ 8:10 AM

“The Equalizer” is on pace to match box office expectations.

The Denzel Washington-starring action flick, from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, made $1.45 million in showings starting at 7 pm at 2693 locations on Thursday night.

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An R-rated shooter, the $55 million film from Sony and Village Roadshow picture is expected to make around $30 million and come in first place this weekend.

By way of comparison, Washington’s last gun-heavy action film, “2 Guns,” made $1.3 million on Thursday night showings, on its way to $28 million at the box office.

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Washington, an Oscar-winner for his role in Fuqua’s “Training Day,” is nothing if not dependable, as his last 10 wide releases have averaged a $28 million opening, a $86 million domestic gross and more than $170 million total box office worldwide.