The much-anticipated “John Wick: Chapter 4” has taken the box office by storm, with its exceptional performance negating concerns about the film’s extended runtime. The action-packed installment has already crossed the $150 million mark globally within a week of its release, fueled by overwhelmingly positive reviews and an eager fanbase.
This impressive feat means that “John Wick: Chapter 4” has already outperformed the original “John Wick” film, which accumulated a lifetime global haul of $86 million. The film will overtake “John Wick: Chapter 2‘s” $171 million global earnings in a few days. Once that milestone is reached, the next target will surpass “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’s” $327 million total.
“John Wick 4” boasts $86 million in domestic earnings and an additional $64 million from international markets, culminating in a global total of over $150 million.
A Record-Breaking Opening Weekend
“John Wick 4” has set new records for the action franchise, with its staggering $138 million global debut making it the series’ most successful opening weekend. The film also broke domestic records, earning $73 million in its opening weekend in the United States, handily beating “John Wick 3‘s” $56 million debut in 2019.
The fourth installment in the series has upped the ante in numerous ways. Clocking in at nearly three hours, it is the longest film in the franchise, and its reported $100 million production budget makes it the most expensive. Moreover, the film features some of the most elaborate and jaw-dropping action sequences in any “John Wick” movie.
The Extended Runtime Dilemma
While studios are often wary of lengthy films due to the potential impact on the number of daily screenings, recent big-budget movies have proven that success is still achievable, with runtimes approaching three hours. Films like “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “The Batman” has performed exceptionally well at the box office, demonstrating that audiences are willing to invest their time in a captivating story with a longer runtime.
“John Wick 4” can now be added to this list of box office triumphs, as its extended runtime has not deterred viewers from flocking to theaters. The film’s success can be attributed to several factors, including the franchise’s dedicated fanbase, the positive reception from critics, and the ever-growing popularity of Keanu Reeves, who reprises his role as the titular character.
The Evolving Action Genre
One of the reasons “John Wick: Chapter 4” has been so well-received is the franchise’s ability to innovate and evolve within the action genre continually. With each new installment, the series has consistently raised the bar regarding action choreography, storytelling, and world-building, resulting in a unique and thrilling viewing experience.
The “John Wick” franchise has also stood out from other action films due to its intricate and imaginative universe. With its mysterious underworld of assassins, secret societies, and strict codes of conduct, the world of “John Wick” offers a fascinating backdrop to the high-octane action and keeps audiences engaged throughout the film’s extended runtime.
In addition to its compelling world-building, the “John Wick” series is known for its beautifully choreographed fight sequences and thrilling car chases.
The films have been praised for their seamless blend of practical effects and stunt work, allowing for a more immersive and visceral experience for viewers. This dedication to delivering high-quality action sequences has undoubtedly contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity and commercial success.