(Los Angeles) The fourth installment in the John Wick saga from Lionsgate Studios caused a stir at the North American box office upon its release, raking in $73.5 million between Friday and Sunday, according to industry firm Exhibitor Relations on Sunday.
“A superb release,” noted expert David A. Gross, noting that every sequel to a John Wick movie has managed to surpass its predecessor.
Critics are generally rave about the film for which Keanu Reeves is once again the headliner, as a hitman fighting an international criminal group.
“If only all action movies were this well and cleanly choreographed,” raved the Washington Post – although for some, the very high death toll (more than 100 deaths over the course of the film) is a bit too exaggerated .
John Wick: Chapter 4 owes much of its choreography to its director Chad Stahelski, himself a former stuntman. Alongside Keanu Reeves are Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard and Laurence Fishburne.
In second place, the DC studios film Shazam! Fury of the Gods only pulled in $9.7 million in its second week of operation. According to trade magazine Variety, the figure represents “one of the worst attendances for a recent superhero film”.
Next in the rankings is the new episode of the Scream saga, Scream VI, with $8.4 million in revenue.
The boxing movie Creed III, in the Rocky universe, is in fourth place, having grossed $8.4 million in its 4th week of operation.
In fifth place, down one spot from last weekend: sci-fi thriller 65, with $3.3 million. Adam Driver is the main actor in this time travel story that juxtaposes spaceships and dinosaurs.
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2,4 millions de dollars)7. Crazy Bear (2,1 millions)8. Jesus Revolution (2 millions)9. Champions (1,5 million)10. Avatar : The Way of Water (1,4 million)