In the Rocky/Creed sequel, Adonis Creed is thriving in both his professional and personal lives while continuing to rule the boxing world.
After serving time in prison, Damian, a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, emerges, ready to earn his chance in the ring.
The confrontation between the two ex-friends is more than just a brawl.
Adonis must face Damian, a fighter with nothing to lose, in order to settle the score, risking his future in the process.
In its debut weekend at the domestic box office, Creed III is outperforming its competition.
The third Rocky spinoff film is aiming for a record-breaking $51 million opening weekend after a remarkable $22 million on Friday (including $5.4 million from previews on Wednesday and Thursday).
This is a lot more than the $36 million to $40 million range that was anticipated for the weekend.
Yet, the fantastic figures show that there is still life in the venerable Rocky series, which received a boost in 2015 with Ryan Coogler’s first Creed movie.
Comparatively, the first Creed made $29 million over the customary three-day weekend and $42 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday.
The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend box office totals for Creed II, which was directed by Stephen Caple Jr., were $35.5 million and $56 million, respectively.
The first movie made $173 million when it was all said and done, and Creed II made $214 million worldwide.
Creed III, which was directed by and starred Michael B. Jordan, is coming off of positive reviews and an outstanding A- CinemaScore from first-day viewers, which is encouraging for the future.
Jordan’s Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, is the main character of the Creed movies.
Sylvester Stallone, who played the legendary Rocky Balboa in both of the prior movies and took Donnie under his wing, was praised for his work in supporting roles in each of those movies.
For the third movie, which pits Donnie against his childhood friend Damien, played by Jonathan Majors, Stallone did not return.
Interestingly, Majors portrays the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the second-highest grossing movie on Friday.
On its third Friday, the Marvel superhero prequel brought in $3.5 million. It is anticipated to bring in $13.3 million over the course of the weekend.
The movie dominated the weekend box office for two weekends in a row, but it is about to lose its dominance to Creed III this week, along with the majority of its IMAX and Premium High Format screens.
Ant-Man 3’s domestic running total is expected to be under $190 million by Sunday, continuing its financial underperformance.
Creed III is expected to excel more for the top spot this week.
While giving Creed III a 5-star rating, Jackson Films said;
“Michael B. Jordan didn’t disappoint with his directorial debut. The first sports film to be filmed in IMAX looks magnificent on the big screen. There are a few many ways to film a boxing scene, and being the 9th installment in the franchise Jordon still managed to keep the fights fresh and entertaining. If you weren’t on the train of ” This is Jonathan Majors year” you surely will after watching this movie. The entire cast puts up an A-tier performance that takes the emotional depth of this movie to its heights. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa was surely missed, but this film does more than enough to stand on its own. I had a really great time in the theatre with this film, can’t wait to see what more Michael B. Jordan has to offer behind the camera in the future.”
Tyler Skeen, also with a 5-star rating wrote;
“Michael B Jordan is once back again as Adonis creed & this time it’s against his old sparring partner Jonathan Majors. Jordan shows excellent promise in his debut feature length film as a director. As a boxing fanatic I was riveted throughout and the fight choreography was off the charts! Thought it was Unbelievably realistic and just sensational to see how gritty and true to form it really was. Many homages throughout as well as many memorable scenes to make you gasp. 🥊✨Loved seeing the chemistry and tragic downfall of their relationship unfold. Majors is a star in the making & MBJ has proved time and time again you can’t doubt his ability as an actor. Tessa Thompson is great in the supporting role too. Overall, what we get with “Creed 3” is not only a completion of a great trilogy, but one of the greatest, most emotionally investing sports films made in recent memory. 🥊”