Denzel Washington's update of "The Equalizer" stormed the box office Friday night, topping holdover "The Maze Runner" and newcomer "The Boxtrolls" with a strong $12.6 million opening. 

Based on the 1980s CBS series, "The Equalizer" will likely earn a big $35 million+ for the weekend. So far, it's outpacing Washington's previous two starring roles; last year's "2 Guns" opened to $27.1 million, while 2012's "Flight" flew to $24.9 million.

"The Equalizer" was directed by Antoine Fuqua, who directed Washington to an Oscar in "Training Day" more than a decade ago.

Meanwhile, "The Maze Runner" found its way to second place, scoring $5.1 million and bringing its domestic total to $45.6 million.

Animated newcomer "The Boxtrolls" -- from Laika Studios ("Coraline," "ParaNorman") scared up a solid $4.9 million. It will likely gross some $16 - $17 million, roughly equal to the debuts of their previous films. 

The family drama "This Is Where I Leave You, 'which features a big cast led by Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda, earned another $2.2 million on Friday. It has so far earned $17.7 million domestically. 

The Idris Elba drama "No Good Deed" came up with $1.3 million on Friday, and now claims a domestic total of $43.3 million.

Look for continuing box office updates throughout the weekend on HitFix.

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.