Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Denzel Washington Scores 13th $20 Mil Opening in a Row with “Magnificent Seven”


Denzel Washington set his own record today. “The Magnificent Seven” scored a $35 million opening weekend. It’s Denzel’s 13th opening in a row over $20 million.

It’s a win-win for Washington and for Sony Pictures, which has needed a live action hit desperately. “Mag 7” should spur sequels– as I wrote yesterday, director Antoine Fuqua is open to a Mag 8 and Mag 9.

Washington’s next movie is “Fences,” which he directed and stars in, coming from Paramount later this fall.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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