Flexing a rare kind of star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller “The Equalizer” to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.
It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat “Guardians of the Galaxy” at movie theaters.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” became the summer’s top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama “If I Stay,” while the long-delayed “Sin City” sequel, “A Dame to Kill For” flopped.
Moviegoers continued to shell out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3″ was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.
Luc Besson’s “Lucy” proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of “Hercules” by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.
The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated “Sex Tape” failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” maintained its rule.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” thumped its chest at the box office with a $73 million opening weekend.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is ruling the box office.