'John Wick 3' knocks down 'Avengers: Endgame' with $57 million debut

Amblin Entertainment and Universal's A Dog's Journey takes fourth place in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $8 million in ticket sales across 3,267 theaters.

But in North America, it fell well behind Lionsgate's new "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum", which posted a strong $57 million for its opening three-day weekend.

There's all this talk about the Game of Thrones finale, but also John Wick 3 topping Avengers: Endgame in its opening weekend, with Endgame topping Avatar at the domestic box office.

Another Warner Bros. title, "Detective Pikachu", came in third place, adding $24.8 million during its second weekend in theaters. It has already made more than the first movie's domestic total, almost doubled the opening weekend for "Chapter 2", and should end its theatrical run with a franchise-best worldwide.

Domestically, Endgame becomes the second-biggest film ever with $771 million in box office receipts; it surpassed Avatar ($761 million) but remains behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937 million).

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Honestly, despite the dark and violent subject material of the films, everyone wants Keanu Reeves to succeed, and these John Wick movies bring out the best in Keanu's supportive audience - there's something very underdog about both the films and the actor. The Universal-distributed film is a sequel to the 2017 hit "A Dog's objective". The follow-up to 2017's "A Dog's Purpose" sees the return of Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.

What the "John Wick" story had going for it was a strong core fanbase to start. The film failed to resonate with audiences, earning a disappointing B- CinemaScore, which doesn't bode well for future success.

Directed by Ry Russo-Young, the film grapples with immigration issues as Jamaican-born Natasha (Shahidi) struggles to prevent her family's sudden deportation, all the while fighting burgeoning feelings for the boy she just met, Daniel (Melton). The latter stems from projection sales estimated from its premiere in 3,850 North American movie theatres.

It finally knocked off "Avengers: Endgame", which topped the box office for the last three weeks.

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