With the best reviews of the Rocky franchise since the Oscar winning original nearly forty years ago, Creed enters the box office ring over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It hopes to ride some seriously positive buzz to impressive numbers and it may well succeed.
Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time. Yet this time, Stallone has handed over the directorial duties to Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler and that film’s star Michael B. Jordan stars in the role of Apollo Creed’s son trying to make his way to boxing glory. He’s mentored by Stallone iconic Balboa, who’s earned Academy Awards buzz for his performance. It would mark his second nomination and it would be for playing the same role when he was nominated in 1976 for the first Rocky.
Reviews have been strong as Creed currently stands at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. My feeling is that strong word of mouth should propel this to a healthy Turkey weekend debut and it could subsequently hold up well in further frames.
Creed opening weekend prediction: $19.6 million (Friday to Sunday), $27.4 million (Wednesday to Sunday)
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