Movie Monday: ‘Creed III’ Takes Box-Office Title

When Adonis Creed steps into the ring, we figure the boxer’s going to win. The question is how.

When it comes to his namesake movie, the answer is simple: by knockout.

Creed III, the directorial debut of its star, Michael B. Jordan, was a hit with critics and a haymaker for audiences. The latter showered the film with an estimated $58.7 million in North America, making this box-office bout a no-doubter.

Those raw numbers don’t tell the whole tale of this tape, though. Not only does that $58.7 million set an opening-weekend record for the Rocky/Creed franchise, Creed III just might have set an opening record for sports movies, period. (The 2010 remake of The Karate Kid is the official record-holder with $55.7 million, according to Gold Derby; if the estimates for Creed III prove to be right, we’ll have a new champion.)

Creed III also collected another $41.8 million overseas, bringing its current total purse to $100.5 million.

Adonis Creed’s opponent in the movie, Damian Anderson, had some ups and downs in that fictional ring. But you could argue that the guy who played him—Jonathan Majors—won the weekend. He was the villain in the weekend’s second-place movie, too, playing Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

But despite the second-place finish, all is not well in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Quantumania’s box office shrunk substantially again, pulling in just $12.5 million. It has earned about $186.8 million during its run so far—good for most movies, but not so much for your standard expensive superhero flick. Indeed, Quantumania is just the 27th-highest-grossing MCU film—just a shade ahead of last year’s Eternals. It’ll surely climb a bit as its run goes on. But the latest Ant-Man movie’s returns have been (perhaps fittingly) small.

Cocaine Bear continues to gobble up good box office, earning $11 million to finish third. The anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba—To the Swordsmith Village slashed its way to fourth place and $10.1 million.

Jesus Revolution banked $8.7 million to close out the Top Five. It’s still above prognosticators’ expectations and proves, once again, that strong Christian films can find a strong audience.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.