'John Wick 3' is projected to dethrone 'Avengers: Endgame' at the box office this weekend

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  • “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is projected to top “Avengers: Endgame” at the box office this weekend and end its three-week reign.
  • But “Endgame” is expected to cross the domestic box office of “Avatar” to become the second-highest-grossing movie domestically of all time.
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The world’s deadliest assassin has his sights on the Avengers.

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is projected to take down Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” at the US box office this weekend.

“Endgame” has enjoyed three straight weeks in the top spot and broken plenty of box-office records, but it isn’t likely to be a match for the third “John Wick” entry in its fourth weekend.

“John Wick: Chapter 3,” starring Keanu Reeves as the title character, is expected to earn over $US40 million this weekend, while “Endgame” should fall in the $US30 million range.

BoxOffice.com predicted that “John Wick” would make $US52 million and “Endgame” would make $US36 million. Box Office Mojo was a tad more conservative with its figures, with “John Wick” at $US48 million and “Endgame” at $US29 million.

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“Strong reviews for the Wick sequel are compounding interest levels among fans, as are the expanded cast (Halle Berry notably joins the franchise), the incoming goodwill of the previous two films, and the cliffhanger created by 2017’s previous entry in the series,” said Shawn Robbins, BoxOffice.com’s chief analyst.

“John Wick: Chapter 3” has an 88% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have praised the movie’s over-the-top action. NPR’s Chris Klimek compared it to the “Mission: Impossible” series.

“The set pieces are more imaginative and daring than ever,” Klimek wrote. “There’s a musicality and wit to the action that only the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series can equal.”

The first two movies were critical and box-office successes. 2014’s “John Wick” has an 86% Rotten Tomatoes critic score and grossed $US88 million worldwide on a $US20 million production budget.

The 2017 sequel’s budget doubled, and so did its box-office take. “John Wick: Chapter 2” was made for $US40 million and grossed $US171 million worldwide. It has an 89% critic score.

It should still be a good weekend for “Endgame” though. The movie is projected to cross the domestic box office of “Avatar,” $US760 million. At that point, it would be the second-highest-grossing movie domestically of all time, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made a whopping $US936 million.

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