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‘Creed III’ Eyeing $35M+ International Box Office Debut

SATURDAY UPDATE: MGM’s Creed III added another 19 overseas markets on Friday, taking the total to 75 now in release. Packing a punch, it grossed a further $10.1M yesterday, to lift the running cume to $17.1M through the first three days in offshore play. The Michael B Jordan-directed movie is now looking at a $35M+ weekend launch at the international box office. With domestic’s powerful performance, the global start is expected around $90M. Warner Bros is releasing overseas (save for the Nordics).

New on Friday was the UK with $1.9M and 63% of the Top 5 films. The launch day was more than double the first Creed and 61% ahead of Creed II.

Spain also stepped into the ring on Friday, with $640K and 60% market share of the Top 5 films. Opening day results are above Creed I by 49% and 13% over Creed II.

France held the Jordan, Jonathan Majors and Tessa Thompson-starrer at No. 1 for a $4.2M running cume. Germany is now at $1.8M, with Friday more than double Thursday’s bow. The threequel also held the top spot in Italy on Friday, nabbing a 70% share of the Top 5 pictures, and has a $1.3M cume to date.

Rounding out the Top 5 markets through Friday after France, the UK, Germany and Italy, is Mexico at $1M.

We’ll have a full update on Sunday.

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: MGM’s Creed III  is off to a powerful start at the international box office with the Michael B Jordan-directed movie grossing $6.9M through Thursday in 56 markets.

The threequel, the first major title released overseas by Warner Bros under a multi-year pact that was entered last August, has another 19 markets to add today and is expected to land a $30M+ punch through Sunday. (Note that in the Nordics, Svensk is releasing.) 

The top start for the latest Rocky spinoff is France at a clear No. 1 on Wednesday and Thursday. The Wednesday opening was 48% ahead of Creed II and 148% over Creed the first. The cume through yesterday is $2.8M.

Italy entered the ring with $590K at No. 1, 30% above the original Creed and 20% behind the sequel which had a January holiday launch.

In Germany ($525K), the Jonathan Majors-starrer was also No. 1 at 122% above Creed and 53% above Creed II. It scored the second best opening of 2023 behind Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania which started on a Wednesday. Compared to titles with Thursday bows, Creed III boasts the most successful opening day of this year in the market.

Mexico jabbed the No. 1 spot as well, with opening day results 86% over Creed I and 40% behind Creed II. Looking solely at Thursday-to-Thursday comps in the different years, the results are roughly on par with Creed II.

Australia also landed a No. 1 punch with $313K, 60% ahead of the opening day of Creed I and 25% below Creed II (the latter having bowed when universities were out).

We’ll have more through the weekend and a full update on Sunday.

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