The Lionsgate film, with Reeves as the reluctant assassin but not so much John Wick, exceeded both expectations and the opening weekends of previous films in the franchise. Since its debut in 2014 with “John Wick” ($14 million in its opening weekend), the Chad Stahelski-directed series has increased ticket sales with each sequel. That of 2017 began with 30.4 million dollars, and the third chapter "Parabellum" debuted in 2019 with 56.8 million dollars.

“When you do a quarter in an action franchise, you have to expect it to go down. That's the nature of these franchises," said Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “But we continue to see signs and it was wonderful to see the film that they presented. We saw that the audience wanted more.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore:

1. "John Wick: Chapter 4," $73.5 million

2. Shazam! Fury of the Gods”, 9.7 million

3. “Scream VI,” $8.4 million

4. "Creed III," $8.4 million

5. "65" 3.3 million

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ tops weekend box office

NEW YORK — “John Wick: Chapter 4,” the fourth film in the series starring Keanu Reeves, opened to $73.5 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates released Sunday.