Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Box Office: “Creed III” Scores Knockout Friday with $17 Mil, Heading to Unexpected Overperformance


“Creed III” defied expectations on Friday night.

After making $5.4 million in previews, the third part of the post-“Rocky” trilogy earned another $17 million last night. Total so far is $22 million.

At this rate, “Creed III” would end tomorrow with $54 million. That’s waaaay over the top estimates of $39 million that were coming in on Thursday. And that’s with pretty bad weather everywhere including the North East.

Sylvester Stallone really made a mistake on this one. I told you last year that the “Rocky” producers left a spot in the film for him to play his original character. But he refused. He continued to fight with Irwin Winkler over rights to the “Rocky” series even though it made him rich beyond description. Stallone sold the rights to Winkler in 1976, not realizing there would be 7 “Rocky” movies and the “Creed” spin off. Stallone was also supposed to write and stat in a new “Rocky” movie but seems to have declined by being obnoxious in public toward Winkler.

The big winner here is Michael B. Jordan, a teenager actor on “All My Children” who made a huge film debut in “Fruitvale Station” with Ryan Coogler directing, followed Coogler into “Black Panther” and “Creed,” and now directs a hit feature. The other winner is Jonathan Majors, who will come out of “Creed III” a bona fide movie star.

Roger Friedman
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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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