After 3 weekends at the Top of the domestic box office, Avengers: Endgame‘s reign has come to an end, thanks to John Wick, a retired hit man.
Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) John Wick: Chapter Three — Parabellum had a huge debut weekend, earning $57.2-M stateside in 3,850 theaters, beating out Endgame‘s $29.4-M domestic take.
Parabellum’s larger-than-anticipated bow outperformed the opening weekends of the franchise’s 1st 2 installments: 2014’s John Wick ($14.4-M) and 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2 ($30.4-M).
Keanu Reeves returns in Parabellum as the formerly retired hit man who finds himself stripped of the protection from a shadowy international assassins guild. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world’s most ruthless killers. Franchise newcomers Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston join in on the fight.
The well-reviewed action-thriller was once again helmed by stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski.
The movie garnered an A- CinemaScore.
The audience was largely male, with a 64-36% gender split, while 65% of the audience was under 35 and 60% falling between 18 to 34.
Internationally, Parabellum earned $35.2-M from 66 international markets.
Endgame, the Marvel title’s cumulative box office currently sits at $2.614-B, still trailing all-time box office earner Avatar‘s $2.788-B.
Also opening over the weekend
Amblin Entertainment and Universal’s A Dog’s Purpose sequel, A Dog’s Journey. The family film dug up $8-M on 3,267 screens stateside. The movie received an A CinemaScore.
The weekend’s 3rd new offering, the teen love story The Sun Is Also a Star, disappointed in its box office debut on 2,073 screens with $2.6-M in ticket sales, and garnering a B- CinemaScore.
Holding over from its debut last weekend is Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Detective Pikachu, with $24.8-M in domestic ticket sales, bringing its gross to $94-M to date.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.