Rocky reboot, Creed came out this past weekend and made its own history within the classic movie’s franchise.
We know when it’s a Michael B. Jordan-led film, it has got to be packed with drama and heartstrings will be pulled no matter what. (Michael B. knows how to deliver the drama)
Now, although Creed, did not come in at number one at the weekend box office, the boxing drama did experience a victory.
How you say?
The Ryan Coogler-directed movie made history with the highest grossing opening in the 39-year-old, six-sequel franchise! (Yes, there has been six Rocky movies!)
Creed came in at number 3 behind the Hunger Games and The Good Dinosuar, racking up a whopping $42.6 million in ticket sales in the first five days and $30.1 million in the first three, which after considering its $35 million budget, is pretty successful.
The MGM/New Line Cinema installment even gained the thumbs up as well as several gloves from its classic star, Carl Weathers.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Weathers who played the role of Apollo Creed nearly 40 years ago in 1976 Rocky says the torch of the beloved franchise has been passed, and he couldn’t be more proud.
A now 67-year-old Weathers, says the seventh film in the franchise, is the perfect balance of a fresh story with a peppering of nostalgia.
“I wanted to see what they did with it, and I was pleasantly surprised.”
He then added, “I don’t think I would call it a sequel…In my mind, it is its own entity. I think it stands on its own.”
While watching Creed, the seventh film in the Rocky series, Weathers says he was moved by the endearing, but not over-the-top connections to the original 1976 film.
“With this movie, I am close to it without being close to it at all,” said Weathers.
Creed tells the story of the late Apollo Creed’s son climbing the ranks of professional boxing with the help of trainer Rocky Balboa.