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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Grabs $5.9 Million Bounty From Thursday Previews

The Wrap Friday, 17 May 2019
‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Grabs $5.9 Million Bounty From Thursday PreviewsLionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is on the hunt for the No. 1 spot at this weekend’s box office and is off to a good start with $5.9 million grossed from 3,000 screens during Thursday previews.

That figure is more than double the $2.2 million made by “John Wick: Chapter 2” from previews en route to a $30.4 million opening in February 2017. “Chapter 3” is estimated by independent trackers for a $35-40 million opening and could open to as much as $50 million after critics gave it strong reviews with an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score.

If “Chapter 3” opens above $40 million, it will be the largest opening weekend for a Lionsgate release since the $102 million opening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” in November 2015.

*Also Read:* 'John Wick 3' Film Review: Keanu Reeves' Assassin Returns for Mostly Enjoyable Threequel

That would also mean that it would take the top spot from “Avengers: Endgame,” which has held No. 1 for the past three weeks. The Marvel blockbuster is still on pace to pass “Avatar” for the all-time global box office record, having grossed $2.53 billion and counting. This weekend it will pass “Avatar”‘s domestic total of $760 million, putting it behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the all-time domestic charts.

Also releasing this weekend is Universal’s “A Dog’s Journey” and Warner Bros.’ “The Sun Is Also A Star.” “A Dog’s Journey” is the sequel to the 2017 film “A Dog’s Purpose” and is projected to open to $10-14 million after making $275,000 from Thursday previews. By comparison, “A Dog’s Purpose” opened to $18 million after grossing $455,000 at previews.

“The Sun Is Also A Star” is a romance film based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon and is projected for a $6-8 million opening. It has a 51% Rotten Tomatoes score.

*Related stories from TheWrap:*

'John Wick 3' Film Review: Keanu Reeves' Assassin Returns for Mostly Enjoyable Threequel

Will 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Carry Out a Much-Needed Box Office Hit for Lionsgate?

Why Lionsgate Needs 'Hellboy,' 'John Wick 3' and a Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Rom-Com to Work
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'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum' Looking at $30-35 Million Opening The third entry in the action franchise could dethrone 'Avengers: Endgame' from the top box office spot. By comparison, the first movie in the series took in just under $1 million from Thursday shows. 'Parabellum' immediately...

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