'John Wick' Beats 'Avengers' with $56 Million Opening

Bessie Dean
May 20, 2019

Despite being dethroned by John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum at the U.S. box office for the first time since its release, Marvel's Avengers: Endgame reached a major milestone over its fourth weekend.

With its domestic total at $771 million (it took in $29.4 million over the weekend), the movie is now number two all-time domestically, passing "Avatar" ($760.5 million).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains the highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office, having made $936.6m. Therefore it is fair to say we might get a John Wick: Chapter 4 in the future. "John Wick 3" is rated R, and although it will still have a strong box office weekend, it will not attract families going to the theater.

Endgame was No. 1 with $29.4 million, while Detective Pikachu was No. 3 with $24.8 million.

"John Wick 3" was a much-needed win for Lionsgate. With a likely $56.8 million opening, the wild action film finally toppled the big Avengers climax from the top box office earner for the weekend, Deadline reported. Halle Berry and Laurence Fisburne also star.

This all led to "John Wick" taking down the powerful "Endgame".

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"A Dog's Journey" arrived below expectations, launching at No. 4 with $8 million from 3,200 venues. The Universal-distributed film is a sequel to the 2017 hit "A Dog's goal".

Honestly, despite the dark and violent subject material of the films, everyone wants Keanu Reeves to succeed, and these John Wick movies bring out the best in Keanu's supportive audience - there's something very underdog about both the films and the actor.

Most disappointing, however, is the young adult adaptation "The Sun Is Also a Star" which grossed only $2.6 million from over 2,000 screens and landed in eighth place. Parabellum is now sitting at a solid 89% on Rotten Tomatoes after opening at 93%, just 1% lower than Avengers: Endgame.

The romance drama, based on Nicola Yoon's novel, received mixed reviews. Keanu himself, of course, doesn't hurt, and each time he promotes a big movie like this, heartwarming stories about the kindness and graciousness of Keanu Reeves spill out on social media.

Last week's con-artist comedy The Hustle rounds out the top five with an estimated $6.1 million in ticket sales across 3,077 theaters.

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