Creed, Rocky Balboa is a supporting player and retired, training the son of his former boxing opponent/trainer Apollo Creed. This spin-off was conceived by Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, and he brought his own personal inspiration and love for the boxing series into the new film. The Rocky franchise made a home for itself during the Thanksgiving frame with the first installment in 1976, followed by sequels Rocky IV and V which also played during the holiday stretch. 2006’s Rocky Balboa was the last title in the MGM series and it opened over the pre-Christmas frame to $26.7M over five-days and a final cume of $70.3M. However, there’s a special word of mouth percolating around Creed. The film has a glowing Rotten Tomatoes score of 94%, which will dynamite those adults out of their post-Thanksgiving dinner naps. Creed‘s estimated production cost is $37M-$38M with MGM covering 50% of that, WB/New Line 37.5% and RatPac 12.5%. Currently, Creed is expected to ring up $35M over five-days and a FSS in the $20M range, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it beats those figures.

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  1. As a Rocky fan since the first one – I didn’t like it. It undermines Rocky’s legend in order to elevate Apollo. There was no need to do that. And in its central premise, it also takes some of the shine off of Apollo’s character as a man. I frankly wish it hadn’t been made…Rocky Balboa was the perfect end to the series, and this spin-off kind of tears both of them (Rocky and Apollo) down some, in ways that I only generally explained above so as not to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it.

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