“John Wick: Chapter 4” Dropkicks Franchise Record With Historic Opening Weekend
John Wick: Chapter 4 is the wildest, most brilliantly constructed film in the franchise—we interviewed a slew of the filmmakers behind the movie, including director Chad Stahelski—and it’s now also the opening box office champion. The Keanu Reeves-led action thriller had a franchise-best start in North America, bringing in a massive $73.5 million domestically and another $64 million globally, totaling $137.5 million worldwide. All of these numbers represent records for the franchise.
Chapter 4 knocked out the last Wick feature, Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which pulled in $56.8 million in 2019. Chapter 4‘s ferocious opening is Lionsgate’s largest of the pandemic era, and one of the best openings of 2023. Chapter 4 is also the rare film to set such records with its fourth installment, as the world of Wick found itself at a creative and emotional zenith with this last movie.
Not only were audiences eager to watch Reeves as the title character, aka Baba Yaga, dispatch a series of highly-trained assassins in his long, arduous quest for peace, but many also wanted to do so on the largest screen possible. Chapter 4 did extremely well on Imax and premium large format screens, drawing 38% of its total gross from them.
The excellent critical reception for Chapter 4 helped fuel what was already a very eager, loyal core base of Wick fans. The ace directing from Stahelski, the incredible work by Reeves, his fellow stars like Donnie Yen, and the stunt teams, and the way all involved harmonized the mayhem and harnessed the violence into a brutal ballet of fists and kicks helped Chapter 4 reach a fevered majesty. If you’ve seen it and are eager to learn how in the world they pulled it off, we’ve got a bunch of interviews with those involved below. Or if you haven’t seen it yet and want a nudge, those same interviews will likely pique your interest.
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