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The Equalizer (film)

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The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, nominally based on the television series of the same name It stars Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo

Principal photography began in June 2013 on location and took place in different cities of Massachusetts This was the first film to have Village Roadshow Pictures co-finance the deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment since Saving Silverman in 2001 The film had its world premiere at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014, and was released worldwide on September 26

The film received mixed reviews from critics, who highly praised the visual style, acting, soundtrack and action sequences but criticized its violence, script and plot Nonetheless, it became a commercial success with a worldwide box office gross of over $192 million A sequel has been confirmed for an August 2018 release, with Washington and Fuqua returning


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
    • 31 Development
    • 32 Filming
    • 33 Music
  • 4 Release
    • 41 Promotion and marketing
    • 42 Theatrical release
  • 5 Reception
    • 51 Box office
    • 52 Critical response
  • 6 Sequel
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Robert McCall Denzel Washington is a retired CIA black ops operative who lives quietly in Boston, Massachusetts and works at a Home Mart hardware store; McCall befriends many of his co-workers and helps a security guard trainee named Ralph pass his qualification exam McCall promised his recently deceased wife that he would leave his old life behind Unable to sleep, McCall spends some late nights reading in a 24/7 diner where he befriends Alina Chloë Grace Moretz, a teenaged prostitute for the Russian Mafia; McCall regales Alina with philosophical interpretations of the book he is reading The Old Man and the Sea

One night, Alina is hospitalized following a brutal beating by her pimp, Slavi David Meunier McCall enters a restaurant owned by the Russian mob and offers to buy Alina's freedom from Slavi for $9,800, but Slavi refuses, dismissing McCall as old and impotent Failing in this approach, McCall considers the room, estimating it would take him 16 seconds to clear it He subsequently kills Slavi and four of his men with skillful close combat efficiency To slight dismay, McCall realizes that it took him 19 seconds to accomplish his task and quietly lectures the dying Slavi that his death could have been avoided if he had taken the money

In response to the death of Slavi and his crew, Russian Mafia boss Vladimir Pushkin Vladimir Kulich sends his enforcer, Teddy Rensen Marton Csokas, to Boston to find and eliminate the culprit In the meantime, Ralph withdraws his security guard application and instead goes to work with his mother at the family restaurant; McCall learns that the restaurant was set on fire by corrupt policemen as an act of extortion McCall confronts the corrupt policemen, beats them, forces them to pay back all the money they have extorted, and threatens to publicize their crimes Ralph then returns to Home Mart and passes his test, becoming a security guard at the store

Rensen determines that McCall is the culprit in the attack on Slavi and his crew McCall repeatedly outsmarts Rensen and his pursuers and completes more acts of vigilantism McCall then visits retired CIA operatives Susan Melissa Leo and Brian Plummer Bill Pullman in Virginia; Susan helps him acquire intelligence on Pushkin's activities It is revealed that Rensen's real name is Nicolai Itchenko and that he is an ex-Spetsnaz who ran a wing of the secret police; Susan describes him as "a sociopath with a business card" Brian reveals to McCall that he had a "nice funeral"; the Plummers are relieved, though not surprised, that he is still alive After McCall leaves, Susan remarks to Brian that McCall was not actually looking for help, but was asking for permission

After returning to Boston, McCall captures Frank Masters David Harbour--a corrupt policeman bribed by Pushkin--by trapping him in his car4 and flooding the vehicle with tailpipe exhaust to force him to cooperate Masters relents and helps McCall destroy one of Pushkin's local money laundering operations McCall confronts Itchenko at dinner, pledging to bring down Pushkin's criminal enterprise When McCall destroys a container ship Pushkin used to smuggle goods, Pushkin orders Itchenko to kill McCall; Pushkin adds that until the deed is done, Itchenko may not return home to Moscow

Itchenko and his men go to the Home Mart and take Ralph and several of McCall's other coworkers hostage, threatening to kill them if McCall does not surrender McCall enters the store, disables most of the lighting, and tells Ralph to get the hostages to safety McCall then kills Itchenko's henchmen one by one using booby traps constructed with items in the store After a struggle between McCall and one of Itchenko's men, Ralph comes back to pull the injured McCall out of the store, but is shot in the leg himself McCall tells Ralph to turn on the electricity at the breaker box in exactly 40 seconds, giving him his digital watch for precision McCall sets up small containers of propane and oxygen in a microwave oven The electricity turns it on, causing an explosion that kills the last of Itchenko's men Afterwards, McCall confronts Itchenko and kills him with a nail gun

Later, McCall then travels to Moscow, confronts Pushkin, and sets a trap which electrocutes and kills him McCall returns to Boston and is approached by Alina, who has recovered from her wounds, found a legitimate job, and taken up reading Alina thanks him for giving her a second chance McCall is inspired to continue using his skills to help people in need and posts an online advertisement, now identifying himself as "The Equalizer" He soon receives another plea for help and agrees to answer it


  • Denzel Washington as Robert "Bob" McCall
  • Marton Csokas as Nicolai Itchenko/Teddy Rensen
  • Chloë Grace Moretz as Alina/"Teri"
  • Melissa Leo as Susan Plummer
  • Bill Pullman as Brian Plummer
  • Johnny Skourtis as Ralph/"Ralphie"
  • Haley Bennett as Mandy
  • David Harbour as Frank Masters
  • Vladimir Kulich as Vladimir Pushkin
  • David Meunier as Slavi
  • Alex Veadov as Tevi
  • James Wilcox as Pederson
  • Mike O'Dea as Remar
  • Anastasia Mousis as Jenny
  • Robert Wahlberg as Detective Harris
  • Timothy John Smith as Detective Gilly
  • Dan Bilzerian as Teddy's #3



In June 2010 it was announced that Russell Crowe was looking to bring The Equalizer to the big screen directed by Paul Haggis, with Crowe attached to play Robert McCall56

In December 2011, it was reported that Denzel Washington would star in the title role of the film version, to be financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Escape Artists57 Director Antoine Fuqua came on board to direct on March 21, 2013, reuniting him with Washington after their successful collaboration on the 2001 Oscar-winning film Training Day8 Chloë Grace Moretz was announced as a co-star on May 10, 2013, Anna Kendrick, Kelly Macdonald and Nina Dobrev were also considered9 On May 31, 2013, Melissa Leo was cast in the film Leo previously worked with Washington in the 2012 film Flight, and with Fuqua in Olympus Has Fallen 201310 Marton Csokas was cast to play the villain on May 17th11


Filming began in June 2013 with locations in Salisbury, Hamilton, Chelsea, Haverhill, and Boston, Massachusetts12


On June 21, 2013, Harry Gregson-Williams was hired to compose the music for the film13 Varèse Sarabande released a soundtrack album for The Equalizer on September 23, 201414

On August 25, 2014, previews of the song "Guts Over Fear", by rapper Eminem and featuring Sia, with production by Emile Haynie, premiered in trailers for the film15 The song also plays over the closing credits


Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz promoting the film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Promotion and marketingedit

The first official image from the film was released on December 6, 2013 Sony originally planned on an April 11, 2014 release date, but pushed it back to September 26, 20141617 The first official poster for the film was released on April 16, 201418 On April 22, USA Today revealed photos from the film19 On May 24, the trailer for the film was released20 On June 12, another official trailer for the film was released21 On July 16, the IMAX poster for the film was released22

Theatrical releaseedit

The film had a premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 201423 Sony released the film in IMAX screen theaters worldwide on September 26, 201424


Box officeedit

The Equalizer grossed $1015 million in North America and $908 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $1923 million, against a net production budget of $55 million3

The film was released on September 26, 2014, in the United States and earned $126 million from 3,236 theaters in its first opening night including the $145 million it earned from 2,693 screens from Thursday night showings On the second day the film earned $135 million and $81 million on the third day2526 Its opening day is the third biggest for Washington, tailing behind American Gangster $158 million and Safe House $136 million27 On its opening weekend the film earned $35,000,000 $10,816 per theater and debuted at number one at the box office The film broke several records at the box office during its opening weekend including the biggest R-rated debut of September, surpassing Jackass: Number Two record $29 million, the biggest IMAX opener of September, the biggest debut weekend gross for Antoine surpassing Olympus Has Fallen $30 million, the third biggest domestic opening for Washington behind the aforementioned American Gangster $436 million and Safe House $402 million and the fourth biggest for a film released in September282930 It earned $33 million from 352 IMAX theaters31 Audiences for the debut weekend of the film were 52% male and 48% female, with 65% of ticket buyers over 30 years old32

The Equalizer earned $178 million overseas from 65 territories from 4,500 screens during its opening weekend with $14 million of the gross coming from 137 IMAX theaters33 The film broke several September openings record in various territories including the UK, Netherlands, Israel, and Egypt34 Top openings include the UK $29 million, Russia $27 million, Mexico $14 million, Brazil $13 million United Arab Emirates $875,000 and Malaysia $650,000 Showings from Village Roadshow markets grossed an estimate $24 million with top openings including Australia $19 million, New Zealand $180,000 and Singapore $300,0003536

Critical responseedit

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film holds an approval rating of 60% based on 189 reviews, and an average rating of 57/10 The site's critical consensus reads, "The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers"37 On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews"38 Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale39


Main article: The Equalizer 2

On February 24, 2014, seven months before the release of the film, it was announced that Sony Pictures and Escape Artists were planning a sequel, with Richard Wenk penning the script404142 In early October 2014, Fuqua said in an interview that there would be a sequel to the film only if audiences and Washington wanted it He said it was an interesting character and the sequel could have more of an international flavor43 On April 22, 2015, a sequel was confirmed, with Washington returning to his role44 On June 11, 2015, Sony set September 29, 2017 as the release date for The Equalizer 2, although Fuqua had not confirmed if he would return45 On September 23, 2016, Washington officially was confirmed to reprise his role46

In November 2016, Sony announced that the sequel was pushed back to September 14, 2018, and Fuqua would return to direct47 The release date was later moved up to August 3, 2018 48 In July 2017, Columbia Pictures announced that a portion of the filming would take place in the Brant Rock area of Marshfield, MA Filming is scheduled for two weeks in November 201749


  1. ^ "THE EQUALIZER 15" British Board of Film Classification September 3, 2014 Retrieved September 3, 2014 
  2. ^ FilmLA May 2015 "2014 Feature Film Study" PDF FilmLA Feature Film Study Retrieved July 3, 2017 
  3. ^ a b "The Equalizer 2014 - Box Office Mojo" September 26, 2014 Retrieved January 13, 2014 
  4. ^ A black Jaguar XJ6 sedan - perhaps as a nod to the original TV series as that is the type and color of car The Equalizer drove in the first 2 seasons
  5. ^ a b Schaefer, Sandy October 25, 2012 "Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer’ Secures Start Date; Lining Up Directors" Screen Rant
  6. ^ "Russell Crowe Looking To Bring Back The Equalizer" The Film Stage June 15, 2010 Retrieved June 15, 2010 
  7. ^ "Sony sets 'Equalizer' redo with Denzel Washington" Variety December 13, 2011 Retrieved December 13, 2011 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike "Antoine Fuqua Eyes 'Training Day' Re-Team With Denzel Washington In 'The Equalizer'" Deadlinecom Retrieved March 21, 2013 
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike "Chloe Moretz Getting Lead in 'Equalizer' Movie With Denzel Washington" Deadlinecom Retrieved June 1, 2013 
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike "Melissa Leo Joining Denzel Washington In 'The Equalizer'" Deadlinecom Retrieved June 1, 2013 
  11. ^ "Marton Csokas to Play the Villain in The Equalizer" Comingsoonnet Retrieved 18 May 2013 
  12. ^ "Filming Locations" IMDB Retrieved 15 June 2015 
  13. ^ "Harry Gregson-Williams to Score 'The Equalizer'" filmmusicreportercom June 21, 2013 Retrieved September 27, 2014 
  14. ^ "Varese Sarabande to Release Harry Gregson-Williams' 'The Equalizer' Score" filmmusicreportercom July 31, 2014 Retrieved September 27, 2014 
  15. ^ "Hear Eminem and Sia's Triumphant New Duet 'Guts Over Fear'" Rolling stone Retrieved June 26, 2014 
  16. ^ Schaefer, Sandy July 28, 2013 "'The Equalizer' With Denzel Washington Gets Its Release Date Pushed Back" Screenrant Retrieved March 28, 2014 
  17. ^ Billington, Alex "First Look: Denzel Washington from Antoine Fuqua's 'The Equalizer'" First Showing Retrieved December 6, 2013 
  18. ^ McDaniel, Matt April 16, 2014 "'The Equalizer' Poster: Denzel Washington Is on His Way" Yahoo! Retrieved April 17, 2014 
  19. ^ Alexander, Bryan April 22, 2014 "Denzel Washington evens the score as 'The Equalizer'" USA Today Retrieved April 26, 2014 
  20. ^ "Watch The First Trailer For Denzel Washington As 'The Equalizer'" Indiewire May 24, 2014
  21. ^ Fleischer, Adam June 12, 2014 "Check Out Eminem's New Song In 'The Equalizer' Trailer" MTV Retrieved June 13, 2014 
  22. ^ Anderton, Ethan July 16, 2014 "Denzel Washington Has a Nice Gun on 'The Equalizer' IMAX Poster" firstshowingnet Retrieved July 17, 2014 
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  24. ^ Vlessing, Etan 25 June 2014 "Imax Finds 'The Equalizer' For September 26 Worldwide Release" hollywoodreportercom Retrieved 25 June 2014 
  25. ^ Anita Busch September 26, 2014 "Box Office Late Nights: 'The Equalizer' $145M On Way To Nice Weekend For Sony" Deadlinecom Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  26. ^ Saperstein, Pat September 27, 2014 "Box Office: Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Scores With $36 Million Debut" varietycom Retrieved September 27, 2014 
  27. ^ Scott Mendelson September 27, 2014 "Box Office: Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Nabs $126M Friday" Forbes Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  28. ^ Scott Mendelson September 28, 2014 "Box Office: Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Opens To $35M Weekend" Variety Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  29. ^ "TOP OPENING WEEKENDS BY MONTH" Box Office Mojo Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  30. ^ Scott Bowles September 27, 2014 "Sunday Box Office: 'The Equalizer' Nabs September Records; 'Maze Runner,' 'Boxtrolls' Take Youth Vote" Deadlinecom Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  31. ^ Brent Lang September 28, 2014 "Box Office: 'The Equalizer' Debuts to Smashing $35 Million" Variety Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  32. ^ Pamela McClintock September 28, 2014 "Box Office: Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Scores $35 Million Debut" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  33. ^ Pamela McClintock September 29, 2014 "International Box Office: 'Maze Runner' Beats 'Equalizer'; 'Lucy' Nears $400M Globally" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved September 29, 2014 
  34. ^ Scott Mendelson September 28, 2014 "Box Office: Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Opens To $35M Weekend" Forbes Retrieved September 29, 2014 
  35. ^ Nancy Tartagloine September 28, 2014 "Int'l Box Office Update: 'The Equalizer' Clocks $178M In Debut; 'Maze Runner' Races To $91M Cume; More" Deadlinecom Retrieved September 29, 2014 
  36. ^ Brent Lang September 28, 2014 "'The Maze Runner' Tops Foreign Box Office for Second Week" Variety Retrieved September 29, 2014 
  37. ^ "The Equalizer" Rotten Tomatoes Flixster Retrieved February 3, 2015 
  38. ^ "The Equalizer Reviews" Metacritic CBS Interactive Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  39. ^ "CinemaScore" cinemascorecom 
  40. ^ Sneider, Jeff February 24, 2014 "Sequel to Denzel Washington Thriller 'Equalizer' Moves Forward as Sony Brings Back Writer Richard Wenk" thewrapcom Retrieved February 25, 2014 
  41. ^ Chitwood, Adam 24 February 2014 "Sony Developing THE EQUALIZER 2 Following Positive Test Scores; Denzel Washington Expected to Return" Collider 
  42. ^ "'The Equalizer 2′ Moving Forward After Positive Test Screenings; Denzel Washington Expected To Return" Flicks and Bits 24 February 2014 
  43. ^ Lang, Brent 1 October 2014 "'Equalizer' Director Antoine Fuqua: 'I Don't Believe I Should Filter the Violence'" Variety Retrieved 5 October 2014 
  44. ^ "'Equalizer' Getting Sequel" Variety 22 April 2015 Retrieved 23 April 2015 
  45. ^ "THE EQUALIZER 2 Release Date Set for September 29, 2017" Collider 11 June 2015 
  46. ^ "Denzel Washington signs up to star in The Equalizer 2, the first sequel of his career" independentcouk Retrieved September 23, 2016 
  47. ^ "The Equalizer 2 confirmed, release date shifts to 2018" denofgeek Retrieved 2016-12-20 
  48. ^ "'The Equalizer 2' Pushes Up To August 2018; 'Paul, Apostle Of Christ' Eyes Easter Stretch" Deadlinecom September 20, 2017 Retrieved September 21, 2017 
  49. ^ http://marshfieldwickedlocalcom/news/20170707/denzel-washington-to-film-new-movie-in-brant-rock

External linksedit

  • The Equalizer on IMDb
  • The Equalizer at Box Office Mojo
  • The Equalizer at Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Equalizer at Metacritic

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