Box Office: JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 Surpasses Expectations with $57 Million Opening
Welcome to the Beat’s Weekend Box Office Recap!
This week’s big new release was Lionsgate’s action-thriller John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, starring Keanu Reeves, which was the poster child for what most studios would want out of a franchise — increasing growth with each successive installment.
The original John Wick opened with just $14 million in 2014, while the sequel opened with $30 million three years later. Chapter 3 opened with an estimated $57 million, which is quite remarkable, as it once again nearly doubled the opening of the previous chapter. Co-starring Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and Mark Dacascos, the movie made $5.7 million in Thursday previews before officially opening in 3,850 theaters for the weekend. Its $22.5 million Friday (including the money from previews) was a good sign that Chapter 3 was going to exceed all expectations, and indeed it did.
John Wick Chapter 3 added another $35.2 million in its opening overseas in places like the United Kingdom ($4.6 million opening), Russia ($3.8 million), Australia ($2.8 million) and more. This means that the action movie has grossed $92.2 million globally, although there’s no reported production budget to know if it’s already profitable. With solid reviews and an “A-” CinemaScore, it’s very likely that we can see the planned Chapter 4 sooner rather than later.
The success of John Wick also meant that Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame would finally be knocked down to #2 this weekend with $29.4 million (down 54% from last weekend) but not before surpassing James Cameron’s Avatar to become the second highest-grossing movie in domestic history with $770.8 million. (Avatar drops to third with a still-impressive $760.5 million.) Domestically, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: the Force Awakens should be safe with its own $936.6 million total domestic gross.
Endgame added another $46.8 million internationally this weekend to bring its worldwide total to $2.6 billion, and it’s very close to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time once it passes Avatar‘s $2.8 billion.
Likewise, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Pokémon: Detective Pikachu dropped to third place with an estimated $24.8 million, down 54% from its opening weekend, having grossed $94 million in ten days. It continues to do even better overseas, adding another $53.8 million this weekend to bring its global total to $287.4 million. ($70.3 million of that amount is from China alone.)
Universal Pictures’ PG sequel A Dog’s Journey failed to find nearly the success of the 2017 movie A Dog’s Purpose, opening with an estimated $8 million in 3,267 theaters to take fourth place. That’s about $10 million less than A Dog’s Purpose opened with two years ago and even less than the $11.2 million opening of the unrelated A Dog’s Way Home (from Sony) earlier this year. Despite scoring an “A” CinemaScore, A Dog’s Journey averaged a pitiful $2,449 per theater, and it’s doubtful it will fare better against the stronger family films to come.
The Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson comedy The Hustle (United Artists Releasing) dropped to fifth place with $6.1 million, down 53% from Mother’s Day weekend, with a total of $23.1 million.
The Screen Gems thriller The Intruder and Seth Rogen comedy Long Shot from Lionsgate took sixth and seventh place with the smallest drops from last weekend, down 44% to $4 million and down 46% to $3.4 million respectively. The Intruder has grossed $28 million while Long Shot is at $25.7 million, which isn’t great but not bad for two of the first attempts of the summer at releasing movies based on original ideas rather than existing properties. (There will be two more next week.)
The third new release was Warner Bros. and MGM’s Y.A. romance The Sun is Also a Star, based on Nicola Yoon’s novel and starring television stars Yara Shahidi from grown-ish and Charles Melton from Riverdale. It bombed with an estimated $2.6 million in 2,073 theaters or $1,254 per theater, so yeah, add this one to the pile of summer duds. (Its own “B-” CinemaScore does not make it seem like the few audiences who saw the movie cared much for it.)
STXfilms had another bad weekend as both last week’s Poms and the previous week’s UglyDolls plummeted 61% to end up at the bottom of the top 10 with $2 million and $1.6 million respectively.
This Week’s Top 10:
|Rank||Last Week Rank||Movie||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Total Gross|
|1||New||John Wick Chapter 3||Lionsgate||$57 million||N/A||$57 million|
|2||1||Avengers: Endgame||Marvel/Disney||$29.4 million||-53%||$770.8 million|
|3||2||Pokémon: Detective Pikachu||Warner Bros.||$24.8 million||-54%||$94 million|
|4||New||A Dog’s Journey||Universal||$8 million||N/A||$8 million|
|5||3||The Hustle||U.A. Releasing||$6.1 million||-53%||$23.1 million|
|6||4||The Intruder||Screen Gems||$4 million||-44%||$28.1 million|
|7||5||Long Shot||Lionsgate||$3.4 million||-46%||$25.7 million|
|8||New||The Sun Is Also A Star||Warner Bros.||$2.6 million||N/A||$2.6 million|
|9||6||Poms||STXfilms||$2.1 million||-61%||$10 million|
|10||7||UglyDolls||STXfilms||$1.6 million||-61%||$17.2 million|
The top 10 grossed an estimated $139 million which is down substantially from this weekend last year when 20th Century Fox and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 opened with $125.5 million on its own, knocking Avengers: Infinity War down to second place with $29.4 million. (Note that while Endgame opened with nearly $100 million more than Infinity War, it’s now level with Infinity War in their fourth weekends.) The Paramount comedy Book Club opened in third place with a strong $13.6 million, far better than this year’s attempt at targeting older women with Poms.
Check back on Wednesday for The Beat‘s Box Office Preview for Memorial Day weekend, which will include Will Smith as the Genie in the live action Aladdin and Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart.
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.