John Wick creates a miracle, announces the release date of Chapter 4
The impressive numbers
"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" was officially released on May 17. After only three days, the film grossed $ 56.74 million in North America, and a total of $ 92 million worldwide.
Enthusiasticly supported by critics, the assassin played by Keanu Reeves has shown great strides at the box office over the past five years. And it is not surprising that Lionsgate soon set the release date of the fourth part - May 21, 2021.
It seems that the sales of each part are proportional to the numbers of opponents that John Wick took down in each section. Back in 2014, "John Wick" was only considered a small film. Therefore, the three-day revenue of "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum " is now higher than the total revenue of the first part both in North America ($ 43 million), and globally ($ 92 million).
Ignoring inflation, in Keanu Reeves' career, the third part of John Wick had the second highest start, just behind the blockbuster "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003). If we include inflation, the film is actually only inferior to "Dracula" (1992), "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2004).
Lionsgate must definitely celebrate. In its history, the beginning of the film in North America was only inferior to the finale of Twilight series "Breaking Dawn - Part II" ($ 141 million), and four parts of "Hunger Games" (ranging from $103 - 152 million).
The miracle at the box office
But all the above numbers are not so impressive anymore if we compare "John Wick: Chapter 3" to the previous two chapters. In October 2014, observers said John Wick would likely to open with only $ 7 million, because Keanu Reeves was actually a "box-office poison" previously.
However, the R-labeled work has done so much better with $ 14 million. Its success came from the praise of the press, and very good word-of-mouth effects from the audience. John Wick's $ 86 million global total may be modest, but that was enough for Lionsgate to turn on the green light for the second, because the original project cost only $ 30 million to produce.
In February 2017, "John Wick: Chapter 2" debuted with $ 30.4 million domestically, twice as high as the first. At the end of the screening, the work collected $ 92 million from its homeland, and about $ 171 million worldwide. It is worth mentioning that the project's production cost was only $ 10 million higher than the first part.
From part one to part two, John Wick's revenue jumped to 111%. Also from the second to the third part, the increase also reached 85.6%. These are extremely rare numbers for movie brands in Hollywood, which even "Batman", "X-Men" and "Lord of the Rings" failed to achieve. According to Forbes, there are only three brands that have created such high sales jumps in the past 30 years: "Lethal Weapon", "Toy Story" and "Captain America".
"John Wick: Chapter" 3 is more extensive than the second chapter, introducing more characters, historical context of the killer world... Maybe that change harms the content of the work, but still excites many viewers.
John Wick 4 in 2021 is the inevitable result that Lionsgate and Keanu Reeves will bring to the public. After all, the story of the assassin is not over, because the ending of the third part is very open and causes a lot of discussion and controversy.
By: Roxana Edwards