Keanu Reeves and “John Wick 4” are cashing in at the box office

NEW YORK — John Wick: Chapter 4, the fourth film in the series starring Keanu Reeves, opened to $73.5 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

The film was shown in 3,855 theaters in the region.

Globally, it is estimated that approximately $137.5 million will be collected from the premiere in 71 countries, including Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.

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In the UK, it took in $6.7 million, up 56% from what John Wick 3 did in its premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

And so, Lionsgate, with Reeves as the reluctant killer but not quite John Wick, surpassed the expectations and opening weekends of previous films in the franchise. Since its debut in 2014 with John Wick ($14 million in its opening weekend), Chad Stahelski’s series has increased ticket sales with each sequel.

The chapter from 2017 started with $30.4 million, and Chapter Three, Parabellum, debuted in 2019 with $56.8 million. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore. You will know the final numbers today.

In the latest film in the saga, Keanu Reeves once again plays a professional killer who has come back from retirement and is still determined to achieve his freedom. Meanwhile, hundreds of other assassins are chasing him in iconic battles with all kinds of weapons.

In second place this weekend was Shazam! Wrath of the Gods fell 68% to take in $9.7 million from last week.

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The DC superhero continues to deliver bad news with a total gross to date of $102 million.

In the film, a family of teenage heroes led by Billy Batson (Shazam) fights the three daughters of Atlas.

The rest of the list, totaling millions of dollars: Scream VI, 8.4. dogma iii, 8.4; 65, 3.3. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, 2.4. fox bear, 2.1. Jesus Revolution, 2. Heroes, 1.5. Avatar: water trail, 1.4m.

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