Writing in his newsletter, Belloni noted that the studio is listing Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut with a $75 million budget when, in fact, he heard it could be closer to $90 million with the cost of reshoots accounted for.
Creed 3 is coming off a strong opening weekend where it went 12 rounds and won the domestic box office battle. The boxing blockbuster raked in $58.7 million domestically and $41.8 million internationally.
Creed III has gone beyond box-office expectations on its opening weekend to earn $58.7 million in North America and $41.8 internationally, making it not only the biggest opening for a film in the Creed trilogy, but apparently the biggest domestic opening for a sports movie ever. (The previous record-holder was the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid.)
The follow-up to 2018’s Creed II is star Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut, and it managed to cross its $75 million budget in its opening weekend despite this being the first film in the nearly 50-year history of the Rocky and Creed film franchises to not feature Sylvester Stallone.
But Creed III earned a lot more championship belts than just the sports-movie record. As film blogger Erik Davis pointed out on Twitter, Creed III is also the “biggest opening ever for a Black director in their directorial debut.” As exciting a milestone as this is for Jordan, there is just as much to celebrate for his co-star, Jonathan Majors.
Creed III’s performance has dismantled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania from two weeks atop the box office. Marvel jawn also stars Majors in a leading role, giving the actor back-to-back blockbuster dominance. Screen Rant suspects that this is the first time an actor has done this in the past five years, at least.
Creed lead the box office, making the sequel the biggest in franchise history. And with a couple of weeks before the likes of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, John Wick Chapter 4, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie hit theater screens, the movie will likely be taking its box office success further into March.