John Wick ends Avengers reign

| Associated France-Presse 22 May 2019

Avengers: Endgame finally yielded the top spot at the North American box office at the weekend to the latest John Wick action film, but the Marvel Studios/Disney blockbuster edged closer to historic status as the all-time No 1 grossing film.

Avengers took in a domestic total of US$30 million (HK$234 million) in its fourth weekend out, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said, bringing its worldwide total to US$2.62 billion, just shy of the US$2.79 billion Avatar earned in 2009.

But in North America, it fell well behind Lionsgate's new John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, which posted a strong US$57 million for its opening three-day weekend.

The third John Wick movie again stars Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman, this time being chased by an army of killers after a US$14 million contract is put on his head. The film also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Anjelica Huston.

In third, down one spot from last weekend, was Warner Bros' family-friendly Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, at US$25.1 million. Based on a Nintendo video game and subsequent anime series, it has the animated title character - voiced by Ryan Reynolds - teaming up with a young boy - Justice Smith in a live-action role - to seek the boy's missing father.

A Dog's Journey from Universal placed fourth, at US$8.1 million. Based on a novel of the same name, it stars Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad in the story of a dog that is repeatedly reincarnated, each time to protect someone close to it - a plot device that works for some animal lovers but which critics have called "emotionally manipulative" and "insufferable."

The movie is a follow-up to 2017's A Dog's Purpose.

In fifth was The Hustle from United Artists, at US$6.1 million. The female-driven revamp of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as two con-women trying to scam an internet millionaire.

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