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Battle at the Box Office 3/6/23

Adonis Creed remained a box office champion this past weekend as Creed III had a franchise-best opening and easily took the top spot at the box office away from Quantumania.

Creed III opened to $58.6 million, which is the best opening for the Creed sub-series and the entire Rocky series as a whole.  Creed II opened to $56 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend back in 2018.  It’s the second-best opening ever for Michael B. Jordan behind Black Panther and a strong start to his directing career, as he made his directorial debut with Creed III.  Worldwide, Creed III has $101.7 million so far.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania dropped to second with another steep decline, with a 61% from last weekend’s historic second-week drop.  Quantumania made another $12.4 million and currently has $186.7 million domestically and $419.4 million worldwide.

Cocaine Bear dropped 52% from last weekend and took in another $11.1 million, bringing it to $41.4 million domestically and $52.3 million worldwide. The steep is not as sharp as it seemed like it could have been given its B- Cinemascore, which was worse than Quantumania and seemed like it could send the movie dropping 60% or more this weekend but interest and word of mouth seems fairly solid still for the ridiculous creature feature.

The latest theatrical Demon Slayer release and Jesus Revolution rounded out the top 5.  Interest in Demon Slayer was not quite as high as the previous smash hit, Mugen Train, which opened to $22.8 million in April last year. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba—To the Swordsmith Village took in $10.1 million in 1,774 theaters.

Operation Fortune had a fairly soft opening, debuting outside the top 5 in 7th place with $3.1 million.  Many moviegoers may not have even known it had opened, as the release date was announced only a few weeks ago after radio silence for over a year.  It’s Guy Ritchie’s lowest wide opening and well below his last collaboration with Jason Statham, Wrath of Man.   Operation Fortune has $23.5 million worldwide so far.

Creed III also took the Per Theater average, making $14,639 in each of the 4,007 theaters it opened in.

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