Chapter 4 dominates the weekend box office
Sometimes it pays to remember not to mess with John Wick, and it looks like the box office contenders learned that the hard way this weekend. “John Wick: Chapter 4” — after several delays — finally hit theaters last Friday (March 24) and brought in the film’s all-time top box office gross of $73.5 million. Box Office Mojo.
“John Wick: Chapter 4” has a shocking opening weekend
The action film drove positive momentum into cinemas over the weekend. The film scored 95% from critics Rotten tomatoes. It is also the best franchise for the film series. The audience score is also very high, currently 95%. Not to mention that it was the “conclusion” of the John Wick Saga.
Despite the fairly epic length of just under three hours, many fans felt that the longer runtime was deserved and deserved, despite the first one coming in at just 101 minutes. The filmmakers and director Chad Stahelski seem to have built this boozy movie pretty well, and audiences have turned out in droves.
Overseas, the “4. Chapter” brought in an additional $64 million, bringing its current worldwide total to $137 million. The domestic opening surpassed the previous franchise record, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” which opened to $56.8 million in May 2019.
Currently, the domestic and international total is for the third film, which finished with $171 million domestically and $327 million worldwide. If “4. chapter” can deliver a similar performance in the coming weekends, then it certainly has the potential to best “Parabellum”. Its biggest upcoming competition is next weekend’s “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” which is also getting a big boost from positive early reviews.
As for what’s next for the “John Wick” franchise, Ana de Armas is slated to star in a spin-off, “Ballerina,” coming out next year from director Len Wiseman and writers Shay Hatten and Emerald Fennell. Angelica Huston, who starred in ‘Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ as Director A, will reprise her role in the upcoming film’s spinoff.
A prequel spinoff television miniseries, “The Continental,” is also in the works and is slated to debut on the Peacock at a later date. The story follows how a young Winston Scott (Ian McShane in the films) became the manager of The Continental, a hotel and safe haven for the underground assassin world of the film series.
Elsewhere in the Top 5, “Creed III” finished at No. 2 in its fourth weekend, taking in an additional $10.4 million to bring its domestic total to $140.9 million. Meanwhile, “Shazam: Fury of the Gods” flopped massively in its second weekend, dropping 67% and bringing in just $9.7 million for its second weekend. Its current domestic total is $46 million. “Scream VI” dropped 51.5% in its third weekend and brought in $8.4 million for its third weekend. It has currently earned approximately $89.9 million domestically and $139.2 million worldwide. The film remains on track to become the highest-grossing installment of the slasher franchise ever.
“John Wick: Chapter 4” is now in theaters. The film is directed by Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Donnie Yen, the late Lance Reddick and McShane.