Why Lionsgate Needs ‘Hellboy,’ ‘John Wick 3’ and a Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Rom-Com to Work

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has promised a “return to form” for the company’s movie business

Liongate’s hopes for 2019 rest largely on shoulders of “Hellboy,” John Wick and the two unlikely lovers of “Long Shot.”

Last year was the studio’s worst year at the box office since 2011. It pulled in just $389 million in 2018, according to Box Office Mojo.

But Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors in February that three upcoming films — “Hellboy,” “Long Shot” and “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” will be a “return to form” for the company’s motion picture business. Last year’s disappointments included “Robin Hood,” which pulled in $30.8 million domestically, “The Spy Who Dumped Me” ($33.6 million) and “The Commuter” ($36.3 million).

“John Wick 3” comes out next month and is the first film greenlit by new motion picture group co-chairman Joe Drake. The franchise has a devout fan base: the second film in the series earned $171.5 million in worldwide box office, up from the first film’s $88.8 million.

But before “John Wick 3” hits theaters, the studio will release “Hellboy” on April 12 and the Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen rom-com “Long Shot” on May 3.

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