“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” opened to a domestic total of $57 million; after “Us,” it’s the best opening for a non-Marvel
release this year. That’s encouraging as we approach a summer that largely features sequels to previous hits, but — after three very strong weekends — it’s the first weekend in which the total gross lagged behind last year, when “Deadpool 2
” debuted to $125 million.
In total, all films grossed around $150 million, for a $60 million shortfall against 2018. For the year so far, grosses are running $400 million short, or 9% below — a gap that would be much worse without “Endgame
.” Memorial Day weekend lies ahead, with “Aladdin
” leading the way. But advance predictions of its gross place it below what “Solo: A Star Wars Story
” did last year, so we could see another falloff before some of June’s major openers come around.
In the meantime, there is nothing but positive vibes from “Parabellum.