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'The Equalizer': How reliable a draw is Denzel Washington?
'The Equalizer': How reliable a draw is Denzel Washington?

As “The Equalizer” proved once again this week with a strong $35-million opening, Denzel Washington is one of the most reliable stars in Hollywood. But when it comes to box office, some of his movies are more reliable than others. Since turning into a full-fledged A-lister in, more or less, 2000, with the $115-million-grossing “Remember the Titans,” Washington has had 15 movies open wide. All but one of them debuted to at least $20 million (“Out of Time” fell short), and none except one opened above $40 million (“American Gangster” debuted to $44 million). Even for an actor who generally takes on a certain kind of action-thriller...

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