After three weekends at the top of the box office, Walt Disney Co.’s Avengers: Endgame handed over the crown to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
The third film in the Wick series, which depicts a hit man seeking vengeance after the death of his dog, brought in $57 million (U.S.) in U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to research firm Comscore Inc. That exceeded estimates that ranged from $48 million to $52.5 million.
Two other new releases — A Dog’s Journey from Universal and The Sun Is Also a Star from Warner Bros. — opened in fourth and eighth place, respectively.
Keanu Reeves has built a cult following for the John Wick character, who appears this time alongside Halle Berry. The film benefited from strong reviews and a cliffhanger ending to the previous instalment in 2017. The film also benefited from a rating of 89% on rottentomatoes.com.
In the tear-jerking sequel A Dog’s Journey, a reincarnating dog continues caring for loved ones like in the first film, A Dog’s Purpose.
A film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s novel The Sun Is Also a Star follows two budding lovebirds through touristy spots in New York during their final day before the female lead and her immigrant family face deportation.
Avengers: Endgame, meanwhile, has slackened its once-torrid pace. The superhero film is still chasing Avatar for the record of highest-grossing movie of all time.