Equalizer 3 Thursday preview screenings collect $3.8 million for the Denzel Washington trilogy closer

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua continue their partnership with the swan song to Robert McCall’s journey in the Equalizer franchise.

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua make a dynamite duo. Their first collaboration gave audiences arguably Denzel’s most popular character in Training Day. The director/actor combo also reunited to remake one of the most coveted westerns, The Magnificent Seven, and saw a nice, humble success. Now, they close out their trilogy on the big screen adaptation of The Equalizer.

Deadline reports that The Equalizer 3 begins the fall movie season with Thursday preview advanced screenings grossing $3.8 million. It topped the previous entry’s preview total, which came out to $3.1 million at 2,934 theaters from Thursday showtimes that began at 4 PM back in 2018. Equalizer 3 would begin its screening at 3,241 locations at 3 PM. The series has been a crowd-pleaser. This one looks to be following suit as it reached a Rotten Tomatoes aggregate rating of 76%, and the audience rating climbed much higher to 92%.

Equalizer 3 also has the benefit of being presented at IMAX screens as well as other premium large-format theaters, which should give it an edge against the competition. Additionally, the movie comes out on a holiday weekend, where Labor Day will give audiences an extra day to unwind at a movie, presumably to see the latest release. And the combo of Denzel and action is a perfect escape from reality. The trilogy closer is on track to bring in $30 million – $40 million for a 4-day opening weekend. It is estimated to be the second-best Labor Day opening behind Marvel Studio’s Shang Chi, which had brought in $94.6 million in its weekend.

Our own Chris Bumbray had a blast with the film, as detailed in his review where he states, “It seems no one is making straight-forward action thrillers nowadays other than Antoine Fuqua, who’s become the greatest master of the genre since the late Tony Scott. His movies are taut, efficient and packed with gruesome, R-rated action. They know precisely what they are, and if this is the final Equalizer film, it perfectly closes out the only big-screen trilogy of Denzel Washington’s career.”

Originally published at https://www.joblo.com/equalizer-3-labor-day/

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