John Wick Dethrones Avengers With $57 Million Opening Weekend
The latest Avengers movie has been getting all the glory recently, having absolutely smashed it with the biggest box office opening ever. But it's not ALL about Avengers, guys - and to prove it, the new John Wick film has come along and dethroned the Marvel hit.
According to Forbes, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum has taken a 'frankly superb' $57.025 million domestically for its weekend debut.
Avengers: Endgame has taken just over $29m in that same time frame (although, yes, since its release it's made billions), while Pokemon: Detective Pikachu has taken $24m, meaning that the third installment of the neo-noir Keanu Reeves franchise has taken the top spot.
It's Reeves' second-biggest opening weekend (without inflation) behind the $91m Friday-Sunday launch (of a $134m Thursday-Sunday debut) of The Matrix Reloaded in 2003 - which we all know would be a tough one to beat, let's face it.
And Forbes reports it's also a record-breaking opening weekend for Lionsgate outside of the It's a record-busting opening weekend for Lionsgate outside of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II and the four Hunger Games movies.
In the new John Wick 3: Parabellum, Wick is being hunted $14 million open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds.
In the synopsis it says: "The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental's manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he's 'Excommunicado' - membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members.
"John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City."
And the box office domination may only continue - as although the third film has only just hit cinemas, director Chad Stahelski has admitted during a Reddit AMA that a fourth movie could be on its way.
The filmmaker was asked which of the John Wick films was the most difficult to make.
"[The first one] was difficult because we didn't understand what we wanted to do," he said during the Reddit session.
"Number 2, we had to map up a whole world we didn't think of before. [Chapter 3], how do we expand and get the audience something creative, not just bigger and cooler? Number 4, I'm certain, will be more difficult."
Keanu Reeves is up for being in it for the long run, too.
In a recent interview with GQ, 54-year-old Reeves was asked how long he would continue in the role, to which he replied: "As far as my legs can take me. As far as the audience wants to go."
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