‘The Equalizer 3’ Wows at Weekend Box Office
Sony's The Equalizer 3, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, is finishing the summer season with strong box office success. The movie's debut is giving the necessary push to reach over $4 billion in domestic summer box office earnings for the first time since the pandemic, which is a significant boost for both Hollywood studios and theater owners. The estimated $42 million four-day opening of Equalizer 3 also ranks it as the second-largest Labor Day release, only behind Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which earned $94.7 million.
According to reports, Denzel Washington's latest portrayal of Robert McCall in the action franchise performed exceptionally well, grossing $60.6 million during its opening weekend. This surpasses the earnings of both of the franchise's previous installments.
In the movie, we see McCall trying to enjoy a quiet life in southern Italy. However, his tranquility is disrupted when he encounters the mafia, who pose a threat to his friends from his new life. Denzel Washington has confirmed that this film will mark the final chapter in McCall's quest for revenge, with no intentions for a fourth installment in the series.
“I don’t want to say he’s found happiness, and I don’t want to give it all away, but he meets someone lovely, he’s in a lovely town and he seems to be at peace,” he said. “That seems to be a good place to stop. I didn’t know that there were going to be three. Definitely didn’t know that when we did the first one. I didn’t know how it would end.”
Director Antoine Fuqua expressed similar sentiments to the film's lead star, affirming that this marks the conclusion of Robert McCall's journey. Fuqua mentioned, “This is it. Robert McCall, the working-man hero, at some point he’s got to walk away from it. At some point someone else has to pick up the ball and serve justice.”
Although serving as the conclusion to the trilogy, Fuqua exclusively shared that the film's challenging production was ultimately worthwhile, saying, “Many challenges. The language, shooting in a difficult place like the Amalfi Coast,” he explained. “Beautiful as it is, it's very complicated to get all of the equipment there, but it was absolutely worth it when you look at the shots, and look at the location, it's amazing.”
"The Equalizer 3" came out during a tense period for Hollywood. Actors had been on strike for seven weeks, demanding fair contracts, and movie theaters were preparing for a somewhat diminished fall season as a consequence of the strike.
The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike prevented Denzel Washington from actively promoting the movie. This film features Washington's vigilante character, Robert McCall, in Italy's Amalfi coast. Typically, the absence of a major star on a promotional tour might be seen as a drawback for a film's box office prospects. However, "Equalizer 3" could be a unique case that can maintain its appeal without Washington's direct involvement because it belongs to a well-known and established franchise.