Looks like if it was up to fans, John Wick would just keep thinkin' he's back forever. Each John Wick film has gotten progressively higher scores from fans and, in many cases, critics. That's not easy for a franchise to do.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum just opened in theaters yesterday, which means today we get to look at the CinemaScore from moviegoers polled on opening night. We can also check out the Rotten Tomatoes Audience Scores. All told, it looks great for John Wick. The box office is also looking like a franchise best, and maybe even enough to kill off Avengers: Endgame's weekend winning streak.
Seems to me like we can pencil in John Wick 4 for 2021 or 2022, but maybe I'm getting too pushy.
Here are some score comparisons, keeping in mind that John Wick 3's RT Audience Scores will fluctuate after the early rush of opening weekend. But either way, I don't see them going down so much that they don't stay the best of the franchise to date.
JOHN WICK (2014)
RT Audience Score - 80%
RT Critics Score - 86%
CinemaScore - B
Box office - $88,761,661 worldwide
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)
RT Audience Score - 85%
RT Critics Score - 89%
CinemaScore - A-
Box office - $171,539,887 worldwide
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM (2019)
RT Audience Score (so far) - 93%
RT Critics Score - 88%
CinemaScore - A-
Box office - Stay tuned!
As you can see, John Wick 3 is the only film in the franchise to date that has a higher RT Audience Score than a critics score. It also tied Chapter 2 with an A- CinemaScore. Looking at the first movie, I'm grateful we even got a second one, since a B CinemaScore and less than $100 million worldwide wouldn't inspire everyone to say "Yeah, I think we should keep going." Then again, that first film was made on a super slim production budget of roughly $20 million.
At any rate, John Wick 3 is already on target to top the previous two grosses. It had a very strong opening night at the box office, and the revised opening weekend projections are much higher than the early estimates of $30-40 million. The weekend isn't over yet, but Parabellum is even being eyed as the first to dethrone Avengers: Endgame as #1 at the domestic box office.
John Wick is a very violent franchise, but Keanu Reeves seems like such a chill dude and he's easy to root for. He's already had blockbuster after blockbuster in his career, and it's cool to think that in his mid-50s he's found himself at the top of another career-defining role. He and director Chad Stahelski have talked about being more than willing to come back for more, and John Wick 3 reactions would suggest fans are ready for more as well.
Have you seen John Wick 3 yet? If so, here's more on the ending and where the franchise could go from here. Also, why not add your score/grade to the list by voting in our poll below?