John Wick: Chapter 4 is off to a strong start at the international box office since its overseas release began on Wednesday. Our early estimates put the cume for just a few markets at roughly $3.9M through Wednesday, including the Australian and New Zealand releases on Thursday. According to industry estimates, Thursday’s domestic previews of around $8M are a franchise best.
The fourth installment of the Keanu Reeves franchise is premiering in 71 markets worldwide this weekend, marking its largest simultaneous release to date. The projected global earnings for the film are $115M, including $45M from international markets. While John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum set a previous record with its global debut of $93.75M in 2019, it did not initially include major territories such as Germany`, France, and Spain; however, these countries will be included in Chapter 4’s opening lineup.
We understand paid Wednesday previews in Latin America totaled $994K led by Brazil with $328K and Mexico with $240K. Only about 60% of Latin American cinemas held sneak previews, which bodes well for the weekend. Last December, Reeves promoted the movie at CCXP in Brazil.
Germany, As a top market for John Wick films, Wednesday evening previews earned $635K, 40% more than the previous installment. Regular shows began on 800+ screens Thursday, the largest R-rated release in history.
France. Chad Stahelski’s film debuted at No. 1 in France with $543K from 557 screens. Social unrest is raging in the country, but despite these protests, the film started 35% ahead of JW3. On AlloCiné, chapter 4 received the highest critical and audience scores.
Taiwan.It was No. 1 with an estimated $418K, 17% higher than JW3 and 273% higher than last weekend’s opener Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Australia. The opening day in Australia was $681K on 259 screens ($1M including Wednesday’s previews). 66% of the box office came from the opening day, which was 56% ahead of JW3. The launch day was the biggest for StudioCanal since Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and the best for any non-studio title since Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Check PlagiarismSave
With $140K through Thursday, New Zealand is 36% ahead of JW3; Sweden ($100K) and Finland ($74K) opened JW4 at No. 1 on Wednesday. Sweden opened 105% ahead of JW3, while Finland was on par with JW3.