Director Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer 3" stars Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning
Denzel Washington is back at the top of the box office.
Marvel Studios' 2021 movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings still holds the holiday weekend's record with $94.6 million two years ago.
Equalizer 3 sees Washington, 68, return as Robert McCall, who takes up a quiet life in Southern Italy and eventually comes to blows with local members of the mafia.
Fuqua, 57, recently told PEOPLE that fans “come up to me all the time” to praise the action franchise. “They love Robert McCall,” he said of the character. “I think it has to do with justice. People, they want justice, and obviously in a movie you get to see that happen.”
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Equalizer 3 has positioned itself as the conclusion to the trilogy for Washington, though Fuqua said he’s open to spinoffs.
“Never say never. I'm going to miss Robert McCall. I think it was a great character. My hero,” he said, adding, “But it feels like it's the last one.”
While Washington's new movie took the top of the domestic box office, Barbie held second place as it took in another $10.6 million, raising its overall box office performance in the United States to $609 million, per Box Office Mojo. Barbie is the highest-grossing movie of the year so far.
Blue Beetle, Gran Turismo and Oppenheimer rounded out the top five films over the weekend.
The Equalizer 3 is in theaters now.
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