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Why Lionsgate needs to keep ‘John Wick’ fighting for his life

Annlee Ellingson

“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” — whew, that’s a mouthful — blew past industry expectations this weekend with an estimated $57 million debut at the domestic box office. The upward trajectory of the noir action series starring Keanu Reeves as the titular reluctant assassin is as positive development for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which is looking to recapture the magic of the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” movies that put it in league with the major Hollywood studios. Only installments from those two franchises have opened bigger for Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B).