Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Box Office: Keanu Reeves’ John Wick 4 Biggest of Series So Far with $9 Mil Preview Night


Keanu Reeves is top of the box office in a movie you may never see. But his “John Wick” series is burning the candle at both ends!

“John Wick” is an action series. The third one — yes, there were three– had a preview night four years ago that made $5.9 million.

Last night, number 4 took in $9 million. Nine. Million. Dollars. This movie could have a $60 million weekend. God bless.

You’ve never seen a John Wick movie? Keanu plays John Wick, a retired hit man, good guy who used to kill people for a living. In the original, his wife died, he was crying over a puppy. Then his enemies killed the puppy, which drew John Wick back into the mercenary world.

Chad Stahelski, who has no Oscars but presumably lives in a very mansion (or two) directed this series written by Dean Kolstad. Lions Gate distributes the films now that Summit Entertainment is no more. This chapter has a 95 on Rotten Tomatoes. Ninety five! Everyone who saw it loved it! The audience does, too!

This chapter features the final appearance of actor Lance Reddick, who died last very tragically at age 60 while he was promoting the film. Donnie Yen, Laurence Fishburne, and a Skarsgard — this one is Bill — are featured. There are car chases, explosions, and a lot of killings. And Keanu Reeves, the kid from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” looks cool.

Not in this movie: hot dog fingers, Lydia Tar, Sammy Fabelman’s trains, or Tom Hanks with an accent.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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