Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III had an impressive opening night with speculations that it just might kick out Ant-man and The Wasp from the number-one spot in the Domestic Charts.
The Metro Goldwyn Mayer version of the movie grossed $22 million on opening day, a number that includes $5.45 million from previews earlier in the week.
Set in 4,007 locations, “Creed” is now forecasting a $50 million opening, beating original expectations of the drama opening at $30 million.
It would also mark the highest franchise of any Creed film and the entire Rocky series, surpassing the three-day debut of the first Creed ($29 million) and the 2018 sequel ($35 million).
The film’s profile was boosted by stellar reviews, earning a top critic rating of 92% on the overall Rotten Tomatoes review site. Audience feedback is also encouraging, with an ‘A-‘ rating from research firm Cinema Score indicating strong enthusiasm among first-round ticket buyers.
Promising praise for Creed III should help in the coming weeks as the film is likely to justify its $75 million production budget.
In addition to its own success, Creed III also marks a win for theaters, as new MGM owner Amazon has once again embraced theatrical distribution and rewarded it with the biggest opening weekend in the company’s history.
Owen Gleiberman of Variety praised “Creed III,” a “sports drama that reads like a thriller,” and wrote that “Jordan displays dramatic subtlety in his vision of the Adonis/Dame relationship, presenting it as a fractured sisterhood bound for riot speaks. bigger – the tug-of-war between loyalty and violence in disadvantaged childhood.
Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III, in his directorial debut, pits Adonis Creed, son of wrestler “Rocky” Apollo Creed, against his childhood friend Damian, played by Jonathan Majors.
The film’s cast also includes Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris and Florian Montino. Original “Rocky” franchise star Sylvester Stallone does not appear in this episode due to creative differences but remains the producer.