John Wick: Chapter 4 Destroys Competition with Franchise-Best Opening

Fans of Keanu Reeves' Assassin Series Remain Loyal as the Film Earns $73.5 Million in its First Weekend

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The highly anticipated release of "John Wick: Chapter 4" has proven to be a huge success at the box office, with the film raking in an impressive $73.5 million in its opening weekend. This marks the franchise's highest grossing opening weekend and the sixth-highest in Lionsgate's history, behind only "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" franchises.

The film, starring Keanu Reeves as the legendary hitman, has been a favorite among fans since its first release in 2014. With each subsequent installment, the franchise has only grown in popularity, drawing in both old and new fans alike.

According to Box Office Mojo, "Chapter 4" has already grossed over $137 million worldwide, with an additional $64 million from international box offices. The film is on track to cross $200 million and should reach this milestone soon if the franchise's word-of-mouth fandom continues to grow.

Critics and fans alike have praised the film for its high-octane action and thrilling plot. "For Your Reference Podcast" co-host KT Mahe described "Chapter 4" as "a tantalizing offering to an already solid franchise. Slick action, scrumptious visuals, and top-tier cast additions made this an epic ride!" Movie critic Nicolás Delgadillo of Knotfest also praised the film, stating that "Chapter 4" celebrates everything that's made these movies work so well for this long."

The film's impressive opening weekend has left many wondering if it will break the record for highest-grossing March opening of all time. Currently, that record is held by "Beauty and the Beast" with $174.8 million. However, given the film's strong opening and consistent performance throughout the franchise's history, it wouldn't be surprising if "Chapter 4" broke the record.

It's clear that "John Wick: Chapter 4" has lived up to its hype, and fans can't wait to see what's next for the legendary hitman. With a dedicated fan base and consistent box office success, it seems like the John Wick franchise is here to stay.