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‘Aladdin’ Takes Princely $207M Global Bow; ‘Rocketman’ Blasts Off In UK – International Box Office

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Update, writethru: Disney’s live-action take on the classic 1992 animated Aladdin rode to a $121M start at the international box office this weekend, coming in right at the top end of industry predictions with a better-than-expected debut in some Asian markets. The global three-day opening is $207.1M.

In North America, the film has performed above expectations, with strong audience response. Overseas, there was significant Saturday-Sunday uptick from the early midweek bows which indicates family support for the Guy Ritchie-directed Will Smith-starrer and as offshore audiences also like it better than critics.

The movie was No. 1 in all of Latin America — and is tracking above both The Jungle Book and Cinderella. Strong performance in the region was expected given how it leans into family fare. What’s surprising here is that all of Asia also bowed at No. 1. That’s a relief to Disney since Korea and the South East
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Box Office: 'John Wick 3' Passes $180M, Becomes Franchise's All-Time Earner

Box Office: 'John Wick 3' Passes $180M, Becomes Franchise's All-Time Earner
After just 10 days of release, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum has become the highest grossing film in the action series.

Parabellum has grossed $181 million at the global box office to date, surpassing John Wick: Chapter 2's $171.5 million. The original John Wick ended its 2014 run with $88.7 million worldwide.

In its second weekend of release, Parabellum earned $24.35 million at the domestic box office, with a domestic cume of $107.1 million. The movie is looking to add $6 million over Memorial Day, with estimated 4-day holiday weekend projection of $30.5 million.

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Does ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” has arrived, and it turned the “John Wick” franchise fully into a mainstream success with a $57 million opening weekend. This series is not just a cult hit anymore — it’s just a hit in the normal way. And it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon, judging by the ending of the third film.

John Wick: Chapter 2” back in 2017 had a very “middle chapter of a trilogy” vibe to it, with the events of the first film setting John down a dark path and ending the way all good action trilogies do — with our hero finding himself in a dire situation that he must spend the next movie trying to get out of.

But while we’re trained by decades of franchise movies to think of film series in threes — and these three movies certainly do have a trilogy structure, as
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The Total Number of People That John Wick Has Killed in His Films Has Been Revealed

Just in case you’ve been wondering how many people John Wick has killed over the course of his three films, we have an answer for you thanks to a video shared by Rotten Tomatoes. So let’s jump right in to the answer that you clicked through to find out.

In John Wick, he kills 77 people. In John Wick: Chapter 2, he kills 128 people. And in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, he ends up taking out 94 people. So, the total number of kills comes to 299.

That’s a lot of people and that body count is only going to grow as the franchise continues to give us more sequels! You can check out the video breakdown of the kills below.
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tones Down the Blood and Gore to Keep Look ‘Totally Real’

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tones Down the Blood and Gore to Keep Look ‘Totally Real’
When Jeff Campbell, a visual effects supervisor with VFX studio Spin, initially set to work on the first “John Wick,” the 2014 action thriller from director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, he started with an industry-standard test: Establish a single, simple kill effect meant to get a sense of the look of the violence the filmmakers were after. “We did different levels of blood and gore,” Campbell remembers. “Everything up to the look of ‘300’ (2006), where it’s slo-mo blood flying everywhere.”

What Campbell found was surprising: Stahelski and Kolstad, both former stuntmen, asked for the violence to be stripped down, understated and “totally real.” “They wanted us to dial it all back, [using] just a little blood mist and muzzle flashes,” he says. “These are stunt guys, right? They claim they have seen all these effects before. They’ve witnessed broken limbs, gunshots. They’d sometimes catch us and say: ‘That
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‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

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John Wick will indeed return to kill again, as Lionsgate announced Monday that “John Wick: Chapter 4” will hit theaters May 21, 2021.

The announcement of a fourth “John Wick” film comes after the 3rd installment in the series, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” knocked “Avengers: Endgame” from the top spot at box office in its debut weekend. The film earned $56 million at the domestic box office and another $36 million internationally for a worldwide total of $92.2 million.

That’s nearly double the $30.4 million opening for 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2,” and the largest opening weekend for a Lionsgate release since the $102 debut of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” in 2015.

Also Read: Does 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' Have a Post-Credits Scene?

As with the two preceding “John Wick” films, both critics and audiences have given “Chapter 3” strong marks with an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score and an A- CinemaScore.

“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” is,
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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ Knocks Down ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Debut

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put up a good fight, but John Wick put at end to the three-week box office reign of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Propelled by positive reviews, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” beat expectations with a debut of $57 million from 3,850 North American locations. That was enough to nab the box office crown from “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel’s latest juggernaut that collected $29.4 million during its fourth weekend of release.

“Parabellum,” the third installment of the action franchise, opened well above its predecessors 2014’s “John Wick” ($14.4 million) and 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” ($30.4 million). “Parabellum” is the first installment in the R-rated series to debut at No. 1 on domestic box office charts. “John Wick 3” also hit a franchise record overseas, bowing with $35 million from 66 international markets for a global start of $92 million.

In “Parabellum,” Keanu Reeves returns as the titular ex-hitman who finds himself on the run from assassins. Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski helmed the movie,
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening
This weekend was a big one at the box office for Lionsgate, as “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” gave the studio its biggest opening weekend since the “Hunger Games” series ended back in November 2015. The latest chapter in the story of the vengeful assassin has earned an opening of $57 million from 3,850 screens, nearly double the $30 million opening earned by “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017.

At a time when many studios are acquiring recognizable franchises for four-quadrant appeal, “John Wick” was developed entirely in-house at Lionsgate with writer/creator Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski, growing from a cult favorite in 2014 to a potent R-rated summer action title. Critics and audiences have praised the film’s signature fight sequences, giving “Chapter 3” an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore.

As for “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw its time atop the box office charts come to an end this weekend, falling to No.
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Why John Wick and Ethan Hunt rule the action genre

Tom Jolliffe looks at the John Wick and Mission: Impossible franchises, the current best in action cinema…

Some Spoilers follow:

So Mr. Wick has just come out for his third adventure. Some suggestion beforehand had hinted it could potentially be his last. Three can often be a good number to close with. Of course that doesn’t stop further adventures but with dust cleared on the carnage of Parabellum, Chad Stahelski lays a very clear path that heads to John Wick 4.

The success of Wick has come a little by surprise. In 2014, when the first film arrived it came out of the blue. A film starring Keanu Reeves, whose box office flame was almost extinguished entirely. Much like Taken a few years prior, there was some mulling over whether to even give the film a theatrical release. After all, it’d been shot for a modest 20 million dollar budget. They released it.
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office From ‘Avengers: Endgame’

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office From ‘Avengers: Endgame’
The No. 1 streak for “Avengers: Endgame” has been snapped — pun intended — by Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” which made $22.6 million on Friday from 3,850 screens and is now estimated for a strong $56 million opening weekend.

Not only would that result be nearly double the $30.4 million opening for “John Wick: Chapter 2,” it would also be the largest opening weekend for a Lionsgate release since the end of the “Hunger Games” series back in November 2015. The final film in the Jennifer Lawrence Ya novel adaptation series, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” opened to $102 million.

As with the two preceding “John Wick” films, both critics and audiences have given “Chapter 3” strong marks with an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score and an A- on CinemaScore. Also, as expected for an acclaimed film starring Gen X action legend Keanu Reeves, the opening night
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3′ Review – Second Opinion

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Jason Mantzoukas, Jerome Flynn, Robin Lord Taylor | Written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams | Directed by Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is once again directed by Chad Stahelski, after co-directing the first instalment in 2014 and returned to the director’s chair solo on John Wick: Chapter 2. The latest John Wick instalment takes place momentarily after the previous chapter and finds the titular character on the run against any and all of New York City, including the continental itself. Stahelski’s film is a continuation of the action excellence that is slowly defining the genre. It succeeds in managing to turn the Gun-Fu action up to an eleven and still maintains a fresh, entertaining and energetic vibrancy, with a stunning amount of action entertainment that would make
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How 'John Wick 3' Brings a Shadowy World Into Focus

[This story contains spoilers for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum]

Poor John Wick can’t catch a break. When he does, the break never lasts. In John Wick (2014), he returns to the criminal underworld he turned his back on when Russian thugs gun down the puppy gifted him by his dead wife years prior; in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), his second retirement is interrupted when camorra don Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) cashes in on a blood oath John swore to him ages prior. Now, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum has John desperately globetrotting to avoid a ...
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Grabs $5.9 Million Bounty From Thursday Previews

Lionsgate’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.
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Shoots Up $5.9M Thursday Night

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Shoots Up $5.9M Thursday Night
Lionsgate/Summit’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed a great $5.9M last night, a figure that blows away the R-rated action pic’s previous previews.

The first John Wick Thursday previews earned $950K while John Wick 2 made $2.2M, which repped 20% of its $10.95M Friday. John Wick 3‘s Thursday is even higher than the previews for Sony/MGM’s last James Bond movie Spectre which made $5.25M (which went on to earn a $27.4M Friday), and even 2012’s Skyfall ($4.6M Thursday, $30.5M Friday), though both of those pics were PG-13.

The Keanu Reeves R-rated action threequel from director Chad Stahelski (who helmed John Wick: Chapter 2) is poised to see the series’ highest domestic opening this weekend with $50M at 3,850 theaters, finally unseating Disney’s Avengers: Endgame in its fourth weekend which is expected to do $30M at 4,220. Endgame led all titles on Thursday with $3.4M at 4,662 bringing its three week running total to $741.38M.
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Review: 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' is a High-Octane Blast to the Cerebellum

With the original John Wick, screenwriter Derek Kolstad and co-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch created an atmospheric neo-noir thriller with exhilarating action sequences, an iconic action hero in John Wick, and an equally iconic lead performance by Keanu Reeves. The film, about an ex-assassin (Reeves) who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog, earned $88 million worldwide, and thus began the John Wick Cinematic Universe™. Stahelski and Kolstad doubled-down on the non-stop, exquisitely choreographed bloodshed in the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 while exploring the mythological, hyper-real criminal underworld John Wick inhabits. Now, with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Stahelski and Kolstad walk a tightrope between world-building and trigger-pulling to deliver a propulsive action flick with some of the most impressive stunts and set pieces in American action cinema. The action picks up directly after Chapter 2 ends, as Wick finds himself declared "excommunicado" from the
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'John Wick 3' Loads Up for Release and 'Endgame' to Pass 'Avatar' Domestically

Saturday Am Update: Lionsgate's John Wick 3 is exploding out of the gates, delivering an estimated $22.67 million on Friday and currently projected to deliver a $55-58 million debut. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, the same as John Wick 2. Universal's A Dog's Journey brought in an estimated $2.5 million and is looking at a debut around $8.5 million for the weekend while WB's The Sun is Also a Star delivered an estimated $1 million on Friday and is expected to finish the weekend with a soft, $2.6 million. A Dog's Journey received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while Sun received a "B-". You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here. Friday Am Update: Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum took in a massive $5.9 million from Thursday night previews in 3,000 locations. Outside of the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises, this is the largest Thursday preview
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Will ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Carry Out a Much-Needed Box Office Hit for Lionsgate?

After three weeks of mostly “Avengers”-fueled windfalls for the box office, the market is starting to slow down again heading into Memorial Day Weekend. Disney might be able to boost numbers again next week with “Aladdin,” but for now, Lionsgate is hoping to win over audiences looking for a more mature action flick with “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.”

The return of the Keanu Reeves revenge series comes as Lionsgate tries to rebuild after two years of box office frustration. 2018 saw domestic grosses plummet to $388 million, and new heads Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane have set out to rebrand Lionsgate as a studio that can be a haven for creators, particularly those with original ideas.

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

The “John Wick” series has stood as a prime example of that image. At a time when franchises from
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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ Takes Aim at ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ Takes Aim at ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Though “Avengers: Endgame” continues to steamroll across the globe, Lionsgate’s “John Wick 3” is taking a shot at the domestic box office crown.

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” the third installment of the gun-toting action franchise, is heading for an opening weekend between $30 million and $35 million from 3,700 North American theaters. Some box office watchers predict that positive word of mouth could propel those numbers north of $40 million. If ticket sales reach the higher part of that range, the Keanu Reeves-led thriller could have a solid chance at ending “Avengers: Endgame’s” three-week reign.

Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel’s latest juggernaut that concludes the current phase of its sprawling comic-book universe, could collect around $27 million if it sees a decline similar to its past two outings. Ticket sales have dropped roughly 58% each weekend following its historic $357 million launch. Should “Avengers: Endgame” remain victorious in North America, it will be the first film
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John Wick 3 Scores Franchise Best Rotten Tomatoes Score

John Wick 3: Parabellum currently has a 97% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So far, this is made up of 32 reviews, which means this could change by the time the highly anticipated movie hits theaters next Friday. With that being said, Avengers: Endgame has only gone down 2% since the movie hit theaters. Even if the next chapter in the John Wick franchise goes down a little, it can still end up having the best score out of the whole franchise.

2014's John Wick is Certified Fresh at 87% while 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2 followed up with a slightly better rating at 89%. Critics have been heaping heavy praise on John Wick 3, with many hailing it as the best in the franchise. Initial debut box office estimates have the movie outperforming the previous two movies, but all of this early buzz could end up going past the initial $30 million to $40 million estimates. Regardless,
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‘Pasolini’ Film Review: A Great Director’s Death, Delivered in Pieces

‘Pasolini’ Film Review: A Great Director’s Death, Delivered in Pieces
Pasolini” is not a biopic of the late Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (played here by Willem Dafoe). The complicated director of “The Gospel According to St. Matthew,” “Teorema” and “Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom” (a scene involving its editing opens the film) was more personality than a 90-minute movie could handle. Any filmed biography presuming to grapple with the whole of his life would beg to be, at least, a limited TV series.

This is, perhaps, one reason why director Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) has scripted a 24-hour ticking clock that mostly ignores chronology and backstory. It’s the final day of Pasolini’s life, presented as part historical detail and part imagined glimpse into the man’s mind, and it culminates, as it must, in his brutal murder at age 53.

Fittingly, to touch on the life of a man who was a writer, a filmmaker, a philosopher,
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