Friday, March 1, 2024

“Creed” is Biggest “Rocky” Movie Ever with $42.6 Mil Opening– Twice as Much as Last “Rocky” Film


The last Rocky movie was in 2006– “Rocky Balboa”– a good film with good reviews, made $21,851,382 in its first five days. It also opened on a Wednesday.

Now “Creed” turns up with $42.6 million in five days, opening on a Wednesday. It’s the biggest “Rocky” movie ever. Made by a 29 year black director, Ryan Coogler– and it’s his second feature film. At Warner Bros., Coogler must be the most popular guy ever. The studio was parched for a hit. Coogler gave them a cup overflowing. Bravo.

The total domestic gross for “Rocky Balboa” was $70,270,943. “Creed” should do closer to $100 million if not that number exactly. And the sequel is already in the works.

Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone and Irwin Winkler can bask in this glory for agreeing to Coogler’s idea. And Forrest Whitaker can take credit for mentoring Coogler at film school and encouraging “Fruitvale Station.” Maybe Whitaker can be Adonis Creed’s next trainer or coach or something, working with Rocky.

And Stallone heads to the Oscars most certainly, as well as all the other awards shows. He’s going to be cast as the great American success story this year. And he is.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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