Box Office: ‘Creed III’ Slugs Out A Franchise-Best $100M Debut

  1. Creed III (review)- $58.6M

Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III, which he directed and starred in, slugged analyst projections with $58.6M domestically, and $100M overall when foreign totals are factored in. That’s nearly $20M more than early estimates, and shows just how strong this franchise is. Honestly, Creed is making a case for itself as one of, if not the, most successful spinoff franchises ever, and has totally separated itself from the Rocky films that came before it. This start is a franchise high, besting Creed II‘s $56M over five-days in 2018, and Creed‘s $29M in 2015.

2. Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania– $12.4M/$186.7M

It was another heavy loss for Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania as the Marvel sequel’s two-week reign comes to a quick end. The worldwide $419M has to be disappointing, especially since it may not even crack the $500M mark. Is Marvel finally running out of steam?

3. Cocaine Bear– $11M/$41.2M

Continuing to tear into the box office, Cocaine Bear dropped just 52% for $11M this week and $52M worldwide. People have fallen in love with the outrageous and original premise. Sometimes all you need is a fresh idea and the audience will show up. Everything can’t be a sequel or part of a cinematic universe, right? Now, when Cocaine Bear 2 drops all bets are off.

4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village– $10.1M

5. Jesus Revolution– $8.6M/$30.5M

6. Avatar: The Way of Water– $3.5M/$670.6M

$2.28B worldwide for James Cameron’s record-shattering Avatar: The Way of Water, and just a 26% drop.

7. Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (review)- $3.1M

A disappointing start for Guy Ritchie’s spy caper, Operation Fortune, with just $3.1M. Overseas markets tacked on another $30M for a $33M overall number, but that’s still lower than expected given the success of The Gentlemen in 2019. That film opened at $10M and ended with $115M overall. Operation Fortune, despite decent reviews and fan-favorite actors Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, and Hugh Grant, isn’t likely to equal that.

8. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish– $2.7M/$177.1M

9. Magic Mike’s Last Dance– $1.1M/$25.3M

10. 80 for Brady– $845K/$38.3M


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.