Deadline reports that the highly-anticipated Keanu Reeves starrer John Wick: Chapter 4 is on track to break records with an estimated opening between $60 million to $70 million. This would make it the highest-grossing opening weekend for the Lionsgate franchise at the North American box office.
With a scheduled release date of March 24, 2023, John Wick: Chapter 4 is set to be one of the biggest tentpole movies of the year. The opening weekend projections come as a positive sign for Lionsgate, which has been struggling with box office numbers since the start of the pandemic.
John Wick is a highly-successful action franchise that has captured the attention and admiration of audiences worldwide. The movies revolve around the character of John Wick, a retired hitman who is forced to return to his old life when he is targeted by a group of ruthless assassins. They are known for their intense action sequences, stunning cinematography and a powerful performance from Keanu Reeves.
Chapter 4 is the first film in the Lionsgate franchise not to be penned by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad, with Shay Hatten and Michael Finch taking over writing duties for the project. Production on the film began back in June 2021, with principal photography wrapping in October of that year. Filming took place in Europe, Japan and New York.
The future of the John Wick franchise
Keanu Reeves and other John Wick cast members recently joined the cast of the spin-off movie Ballerina. The project is being directed by Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman, with Ana de Armas playing its lead character.
While Ballerina does not yet have a release date, John Wick: Chapter 4 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 24, 2023. Reeves and McShane lead the Chapter 4 cast, which also includes Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, Clancy Brown, Marko Zaror, Scott Adkins, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson and Rina Sawayama.
In addition to Ballerina and John Wick: Chapter 4, Lionsgate is also working on The Continental, a spin-off series that explores the origins of Ian McShane’s Winston Scott. Colin Woodell is playing Winston, with a supporting cast that includes Ayomide Adegun, Peter Greene, Mel Gibson, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada and Nhung Kate. The series is set to premiere on Peacock in 2023.
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