When John Wick, a small budget action thriller starring Keanu Reeves, premiered in 2014, it grossed $43m domestically and received encouraging reviews. I’m not sure anyone could have predicted how much people would get into this franchise or how big the opening weekend would be for the third in the series. But therein lies the power of our ageless darling Keanu Reeves. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum made more in its opening weekend domestically than the first film did during its entire run, and takes the top spot at the box office this weekend with $57m. For a hard-R action film in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, that’s impressive as all hell. May we forever be blessed with films where Keanu Reeves, drenched in bisexual lighting, kills millions of people while esteemed character actors watch on.
Speaking of Endgame, after four weeks, the film has soared past $770m domestically. It’s now the second largest domestic release of all time, although I’m not sure it’ll be able to take on the $936m made by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
With $29.4m, it falls to number two on the list but stays ahead of Detective Pikachu, which took in $24.8m in its second week. New at number four is A Dog’s Journey, because apparently we’re just going to keep churning these movies out. It made around $8m, which is a little below Box Office Mojo’s prediction, but it did way better than YA adaptation The Sun is Also a Star, which debuted at number eight with a disappointing $2.6m weekend.
In indie release news, The Souvenir, a new A24 release courtesy of director Joanna Hogg and starring Honour Swinton Byrne (guess who her parents are), took in a strong $85,851 from four theatres. This is already one of the critical darlings of the year and the sequel will star Robert Pattinson, because that dude apparently never stops working. Right behind that is Trial by Fire, a biographical drama about a man who faced execution for a crime he may not have committed. Starring Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern, this one premiered at Telluride last year to tepid reviews and opened similarly to a mere $78,822 from 109 locations.
We are officially in the Summer movie season. Well, Disney have now so thoroughly screwed around with the calendar that Summer for Hollywood now starts at around mid-March, but officially, things kick off now. This coming week sees the release of Superman-inspired horror Brightburn, Olivia Wilde’s acclaimed comedy Booksmart, and Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. Hey, what’s the worst that could happen?
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
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