John Wick Ends Endgame’s No. 1 Run

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It took an R-rated action hero and a full month of attrition to knock Avengers: Endgame out of the box office’s catbird seat. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum left nothing to chance, though.

John Wick unleashed more than just its signature brand of brutally choreographed action sequences on Endgame. It did more than charm critics not named me. (It holds an 89% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) It fired off all the punctuation it realistically could in its title, bombarding moviegoers with both a colon and a dash. My editor usually corrects this sort of punctuational exuberance in my writing, but moviegoers were charmed: John Wick banked a whopping $57 million in North America—far more than the $30-35 million prognosticators were originally expecting. Here’s betting they slip in a semicolon for Chapter 4. (And after this installment’s success, it seems a safe bet that there will be another John Wick film.)

With only a mere colon in its title, Avengers: Endgame slipped to second place with $29.4 million, pushing its total domestic gross to $770.8 million. That makes Marvel’s latest the second-biggest movie of all time in North America, squeezing past Avatar ($760.5 million) for the honors. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands above Endgame with a $936.7-million haul.

Both Force Awakens and Endgame are distributed by Disney, by the way. And while Avatar was released by 20st Century Fox a decade ago, Disney just bought that studio, too. Seems like the Mouse House should be treating us all to discounted theme-park tickets now, doesn’t it? Endgame is also second all-time in terms of worldwide grosses, too. Its $2.6 billion trails Avatar ($2.8 billion) by less than $200 million.

Meanwhile, Detective Pikachu landed in third place with $24.8 million, zapping its total domestic haul to $94 million. And A Dog’s Journey had a rather ruff debut, retrieving $8 million—about $10 million behind where its predecessor, A Dog’s Purpose, opened just two years ago.

The Hustle closed the door on the top five and left newcomer The Sun Is Also a Star out in the cold of theatrical space, where no one could hear it weep. The latter, a teen rom-drama, fell well short of the studio’s modest expectations of $6-9 million. Instead, it banked just $2.6 million, which is about what Endgame’s villain Thanos spends on beard gel. The Sun Is Also a Star finished eighth, which suggests that the movie is also a bomb.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think The Incredibles is just way too slow and uninteresting. The whole thing seems to move along at a glacial pace with nothing really interesting going on. The characters are dull, the villain is annoying, and for a Pixar film the animation looks downright crude and amateurish. I've always hated The Incredibles from the first time I saw it, and each new time I try to watch it again it still bores me to tears. That's why I'm all the more shocked how much I love Incredibles 2. But for me the sequel took everything that was bland boring and downright uninteresting about the first one and magically made it a hundred times better. Plus the animation really sparkles too.
Hannah Cole More than 1 year ago
Yeah, the animation in the second one was just beautiful to look at. I haven't seen the first one for quite a while and I think they were still getting the animation down for people at the time, which might explain some of that. I didn't find it boring at all, quite the opposite, but I guess what works for one viewer doesn't necessarily work for another. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the second movie, though. I thought it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised in the second one how they had some profanity in there. It seemed, shall I say, edgier.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And just for kicks here's my favorite films of the 2000s:


2000:Almost Famous

2001:Monster’s Ball

2002:Punch-Drunk Love

2003:Kill Bill

2004:Kill Bill 2

2005:Sin City/Revenge of the Sith (Tied)

2006:Pan’s Labyrinth

2007:There Will Be Blood

2008:Gran Torino/The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Tied)


2010:Miley Cyrus’s The Last Song

2011:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


2013:The Desolation of Smaug

2014:The Battle of the Five Armies

2015:The 33

2016:Silence/Hacksaw Ridge/God’s Not Dead 2 (Tied)

2017:Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

2018:Bohemian Rhapsody

2019so far: A Madea Family Funeral

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brave? Yes. That was one of the best Pixar movies I have seen. I loved it.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

I know I haven't seen Coco but here's my Pixar ranking from simply outstanding to horribly disappointing:

1. Ratatouille

2. Brave

3. Inside Out

4. Finding Dory

5. Incredibles 2

6. Cars

7. Monster's Inc.

8. Up

9. Wall-E

10. Toy Story 3

11. Cars 2

12. The Good Dinosaur

13. A Bug's Life

14. Finding Nemo

15. Monster's University

16. Toy Story 2

17. Toy Story

18. Cars 3

19. The Incredibles

Hannah Cole More than 1 year ago
Can I ask what disappointed you about the Incredibles? I loved it and it's probably one of my favourite animated movies. I'm glad you chose Ratatouille as your top spot, though. I feel like it's kind of forgotten about among Pixar movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Good Dinosaur was interesting. Humans coexisting with dinosaurs? It's a step in the right direction.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved A Dog's Journey and highly recommend it to everyone. It's sweet, funny, heartbreaking, tragic, extremely joyous at times, and all in all just a really well done fantastic story. If it wasn't for Madea's latest film this would easily be my favorite film so far this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it a sad dog story because that is a genre that makes me bawl. Lassie Come Home, Where the Red Fern Grows, Sounder, and The Yearling just kill me every time I read them. (Actually the Yearling was a deer but it was a pet so it sort of fell into that frame.) 
-Emma Bibilophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well there are definitely sad moments in it, but if you saw the original Dog's Purpose movie then you pretty much know what to expect, except this time it's Bailey constantly wanting to keep Ethan's granddaughter safe. It definitely has its tragic moments, but more than anything it's extremely sweet and just seeing the world through the eyes of Bailey can be extremely poignant and laugh out loud hilarious too. It basically makes you feel a whole ton of emotions, lol.
seraph_unsung More than 1 year ago
John Wick 4, as this seems to be a franchise whose popularity only grows with each installment, has already been confirmed.

I was hoping Detective Pikachu, which I really liked, would have beaten Endgame ( ) , but it did its best and still made almost as much money in its opening weekend as last year's not-bad Tomb Raider film did during its entire domestic run.

Endgame's slowing down more than I figured it would. I was expecting it to hit about $850 million domestic, but with those numbers, and losing theaters ( ), I'll be impressed if it hits $800, which is still nothing to sneeze at.

I'm not going to lie, I laughed at the final sentence of this blog post.  The premise of the trailer (man essentially manipulates a woman into falling in love with him when she's effectively hours away from being deported) really made me uncomfortable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Don’t know if Endgame can pass Avatar considering how much of its audience it keeps losing, but it’d be really cool if it did! I mean, the end of a 22 year long reign for James Cameron; like, how is that possible?

Anyways, I saw the film a second time this weekend and I have to say that I liked it more on the second round. I still partly wish that this was the actual end for Marvel and not just a send off for the original Avengers.

It’ll be interesting next weekend to see if Disney can overcome the seemingly bad luck they have with Memorial Day weekend next week!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disney should come out with another original Disney Princess. The classic kind like Tangled which is better that Frozen but unfairly underated. Stop making live-action remakes, Disney, and come out with something new!
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Frozen would have been a much better movie if they had stuck to the original Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen, complete with religious references and all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I watched Frozen I didn't see the Snow Queen at all until somebody pointed it out to me. Besides the frozen heart thing (quite different in the Snow Queen) and the Elsa being a snow queen it doesn't match with the original at all. On it's own though Frozen is a good movie. I do think Tangled was better though.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think The Snow Queen is a fabulous story, but Frozen on the other hand is one of the most disappointing Disney movies I've ever seen, right up there with The Hunchback of Notre Dame.