'John Wick' tops the North American box office with $57M
May 20 2019
It turns out the only thing that can take down the Avengers is a retired hitman with revenge on his mind.
Keanu Reeves' latest action movie John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is No. 1 in North America this weekend, earning $57 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. Avengers: Endgame still holds on for second place with an estimated $29.4 million across 4,220 theaters.
Not to mention being perfectly scheduled by Lionsgate on the release schedule, as it opened four weeks into the "Endgame" run, and letting Warner Bros.' "Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" take the first shot at taking down the box office sensation - which didn't succeed.
John Wick 3 beat out both of the previous two movies in the series: 2014′s John Wick brought in $14.4 million and 2017′s John Wick: Chapter 2 earned $30.4 million. "John Wick 3" also hit a franchise record overseas, bowing with $35 million from 66 worldwide markets for a global start of $92 million. The film also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Anjelica Huston.
"The first film had incredible legs", Orr said". This is an extremely high percentage for this category.
With "Endgame" now reaching $2.615 billion worldwide, it is getting even closer to dethroning "Avatar" as the worldwide highest grossing movie off all time. Domestically, it's now second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Endgame finally surged past $770.7 million in domestic sales, beating Avatar's former record-winning $760.5 million. The Universal-distributed film is a sequel to the 2017 hit "A Dog's objective". The family-friendly project resonated with audiences, landing a solid A CinemaScore. Dennis Quaid returns in a starring role, and he's supported by Marg Helgenberger, Henry Lau, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott in this film directed by Gail Mancuso.
What the "John Wick" story had going for it was a strong core fanbase to start.
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. "Grown-ish" actress Yara Shahidi stars as a brainy student who forms a relationship with a charming exchange student ("Riverdale's" Charles Melton), as her family faces deportation. Tracy Oliver wrote the screenplay with Ry Russo-Young directing. The third installment received an 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the same as the second installment, and three percentage points better than the original.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at United States and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. But down at #22 is Captain Marvel, which came out in March and has been getting some extra box office juice from the release of Endgame not quite two months later.