Forbes makes it official that Creed II was not only a major box office success, but may have performed even beyond what many expected, breaking several records during its release over the Thanksgiving break/weekend.
The Steven Caple Jr.-directed sequel to Ryan Coogler’s Creed brought in a $35.293 million over the Fri-Sun portion of its $55.806m Wed-Sun opening weekend. Note that while Coogler was unable to come back for the sequel due to timing conflicts, Caple Jr. had his blessing, and by all accounts, the sequel is more than a worthy follow-up. Not including inflation, this means that Creed 2 made the biggest debut ever for a live-action release over Thanksgiving. Notably, it also brought the biggest unadjusted Fri-Sun and Wed-Sun debut ever for a non-Disney release on Thanksgiving, and also made the biggest unadjusted debut for a sports drama and boxing drama, outperforming other Rocky movies by default.
Forbes asks a few questions regarding the legs of the movie, though, after such a great debut. “Creed II had a comparatively low 4.8x five-day multiplier over the holiday weekend, compared to a 7x multiplier ($42 million from a $6m opening day) for Creed three years ago. Creed earned just 3.5% of its total gross via Tuesday previews ($1.5m), but Creed II earned 6.6% of its weekend total via its previews ($3.7m).” Being a sequel may have had something to do with that. Notably, though, the fact that Creed II also performed well critically may mean that it has a growing audience in the openings to come.
What’s the next milestone for Creed II? Seeing if it will be able to pass the unadjusted $127 million domestic total of Rocky IV ($323m adjusted for inflation) to become the biggest Rocky movie ever in raw domestic earnings.