Why ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Box Office Could Be Critical to Lionsgate’s Future

After the company’s 2022 slate with mostly day-and-date releases, the sequel’s success can impact the studio’s next moves as an independent

Lionsgate had a quiet year at the box office. That’s about to change this weekend with the release of “John Wick: Chapter 4,” which is pacing to score the strongest opening weekend for the Keanu Reeves-Chad Stahelski action franchise and one of the strongest launches theaters have seen so far this year.

In many ways, the success of “John Wick” will be a test of Lionsgate’s upcoming slate of franchise sequels and an indicator of its future as an independent studio.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster