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Box Office Top 3: 'The Magnificent 7' Takes Denzel Washington Out West

"Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua teams up with Denzel Washington for "The Magnificent Seven" and manages the biggest debut of his career.

By Jamal Andress | September 25, 2016

For the first time in his career, Denzel Washington is doing a western — complete with six shooters, horses and a hideous mustache. 

Taking the No. 1 spot this week is, of course, Washington and his band of misfits. "The Magnificent Seven" nabbed $35 million in its debut, easily beating the competition this weekend and also giving Washington the third-biggest opening of his career. 

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"American Gangster" brought in $43 million during its 2007 debut, and "Safe House" managed a $40 million bow in 2012.  

This, however, is a career best for one of Washington's favorite directors, Antoine Fuqua, who specializes in helping Washington find his inner bad-ass. 

Taking the No. 2 spot this week is "Storks," bringing in an estimated $22 million — a bit underwhelming, considering predictions for the animated film were between $30 million and $37 million. 

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But considering there won't be another animated movie hitting theaters until November, I think the storks will be just fine. 

Falling out of first place but staying in the top three this week is "Sully," which brought in an estimated $14 million in its third week out. The Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood collaboration has pushed past $126 million worldwide. 

As for next week, Zach Galifianakis takes a break from interviewing presidents to try the whole movies thing in "Masterminds."

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