“John Wick: Chapter 4” aims to set a new franchise record for its box office debut.
The fourth installment in Lionsgate’s action-thriller series, starring Keanu Reeves as the legendary killer, is looking to collect between $65 million and $70 million from 3,800 theaters in North America over the weekend. The film also debuts this weekend in 71 territories at the international box office. By Sunday, ticket sales should rise to at least $100 million to $115 million worldwide.
Impressively, each film in the “John Wick” franchise has managed to vastly improve on its predecessor at the box office, starting with 2014’s “John Wick” ($14 million to start), 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” ($30.4 million). $) and 2019’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” ($56.8 million). “Chapter 4,” which earns some of the best reviews for an already well-received package, should continue that trend. It cost over $100 million to produce, giving it the highest price tag in the series.
“Parabellum” is currently the highest grossing installment in the franchise with $328.3 million worldwide. The first film grossed $86.1 million, but was a hit in home entertainment, while the sequel ended its run with $174.3 million. As long as the momentum continues, “Chapter 4” hopes to become the biggest earner of the four by the time it leaves theaters. Regardless of its box office performance, a spin-off called Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas, is already in the works.
With the exception of “Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” March was a standout at the box office, with new entries for “Scream” and “Creed” also establishing opening weekend benchmarks for their respective series. “John Wick 4” is the only new release nationwide, so you’ll have no problem overtaking “Shazam 2” as the number one movie on the local charts.
Chad Stahelski directed the latest “John Wick,” which follows the titular killer as he continues his fight against the powerful crime organization known as the High Table. On his journey, he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin. Besides Reeves, the cast includes Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick, who passed away unexpectedly last week at the age of 60.
miscellaneous Chief film critic Owen Gleiberman hailed the fourth act—which runs for two hours and 49 minutes—as “an intentionally overstuffed gift to fans”. The New Yorker critic Richard Brody Called it “by far the best of the four films,” [and] The first course that I recommend.
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