Creed III has plans to top the box office this weekend as the third installment in the series opened at midnight. In what will be Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut, the previews already raked in $5.45 million on Thursday. The film is projected to reach $36 million in its debut weekend, just shy of Creed II’s opening weekend. Creed II hit $35 million while the origin of the series, Creed, managed to do $29 million. Stars Jonathan Majors and Jordan have built anticipation of their characters and movie plot via trailers and interviews. Fans will be in for a treat!
Creed x Anime
Jordan gives credit to Anime in certain aspects of this film. One of the many themes of Creed III is being challenged by a person you once called a friend and shared a bond. This is a theme that can be found in various Anime films or series such as Dragon Ball Z and My Hero Academia. The Black Panther actor says he identifies with Goku in Dragon Ball Z in a conversation with Polygon.
“It’s Goku’s resilience, you know? No matter how much pain and struggle he goes through, every battle, a Saiyan only gets stronger….I think that resilience, that never-give-up attitude is what I connect with, and I dig that.”
The premiere of Creed III was set in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese Theater earlier this week. Many stars showed up to the premiere such as Cordae, Chloe Bailey, and Big Sean. Big Sean probably showed up to the premiere because he is on the soundtrack to the movie. Creed III: The Soundtrack is an album by Dreamville featuring artists from the J.Cole led record label as well as other artists.
Dreamville artists, JID, Lute, Cole, Ari Lennox, Bas, Cozz, Earthgang, Omen, and SiR, are all on the soundtrack. Guest features include Kehlani, Morray, Buddy, Blxst, Symba, Big Sean, and EST Gee. Bas had the pleasure of playing “Blood, Sweat & Tears” in the studio for the Creed III director, to which he immediately fell in love with it. Jordan along with Ryan Coogler also had a hand in executive producing the soundtrack.
J.Cole and his record label have been busy this week. They have also announced their lineup for the 2023 Dreamville Festival. The festival will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina with Drake and Usher headlining the three-day event along with Cole.