BOX OFFICE: Give “John Wick” ALL your money — or else — Franchise Best $70-75 million opening

The fourth and perhaps final “John Wick 4” shoot-em-up had a banner Thursday — almost $9 million in “previews” — which folded into a $30 million+ Friday, and should push it above the $70 million mark, blowing up the box office this weekend.

Love for Keanu, Donnie Yen fans joining the fray and a LOT of love for classy, urbane and sinister supporting player Lance Reddick, who died last week while on tour promoting this blockbuster. And the film? It delivers the goods.

It’s running about $10 million ahead of “John Wick 3,” and thanks to a lot of premium-priced screens showing this bad boy, it should be over $100 million by next weekend. Another Keanu franchise that’s just money in the bank.

“Scream VI” moved the franchise to NYC and gave it a new starlet, that “Wednesday” Jenna Ortega queen. It may end the weekend in second place, but it’ll earn about $9 million, putting it on track to cross the $100 million mark by NEXT Saturday, perhaps as early as Friday.

As for “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” aka “Nobody really asked for this,” it’s fallen off a cliff on its second weekend. Not that the opening was all that and a bag of corn. A lot of back and forth over what went wrong with an after credits tease — in “Black Adam” and in “Fury of the Gods.” Bad blood with The Rock had nothing to do with the “Where do we go with this?” ineptitude of the script.

Bombs away, maybe $8 million and change, a 70-80% plunge from a bad opening wee

“Creed III” should hit $8 million and is tracking towards a $160 million take by the time it loses its screens (two weeks) and winds down its run.

“65” will anchor the top five, a bomb that won’t hit $35 million before it disappears, $2.9 million this weekend.

Here’s the updated “final” estimated take as of Sunday afternoon, courtesy of @boxofficepro.

“Wick” fell just short of $75, “Shazam!” came closer to $10, which pushed “Scream VI” and “Creed III” into third and fourth.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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