Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut of Creed III is already breaking box office records. According to Variety, the movie has crossed the $100 million mark at the box office weekend. Before that, the film which held the record for the highest domestic debut was the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid.
The movie reportedly brought in $58.7 million in North America and $41.8 million overseas. According to Hypebeast, the movie is the most expensive in the Creed universe, costing $75 million. The first film cost $35 million, while the second film cost $50 million.
Deadline reported that France led the market with a $7.7M at No. 1 on 633 screens. In the UK, Creed III grossed $6.1M at No. 1; 136% over the first Creed movie and 71% above the sequel, the platform added. Germany, on the other hand, recorded $4.3 million, while Italy and Mexico recorded $3.5 million and $3 million respectively.
Deadline also adds that the film is tracking 109% ahead of the original Creed movie and 25% over Creed II in like-for-like markets, using the current exchange rate.
“This is beyond all of our expectations. And we knew that we had something special — we tested the movie and it tested great, but the public responded so resoundingly to it,” Erik Lomis, MGM’s head of distribution said in a statement to the Associated Press. “Everything went right here starting with the movie itself… It was just up to us not to break it when they gave it to us and we didn’t.”
The movie stars Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of boxing legend Apollo Creed. It also features Jonathan Majors, his childhood friend and former boxing prodigy. Majors would come out from prison to fight Jordan for a foxing title.
The movie, which is currently in theatres, has received praise and good reviews all over the globe.