Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut Creed III has beaten the battle against the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Creed III earned its top spot at the box office with a “historic” $58.6 million opening weekend, grossing $22 million of that amount on its Friday debut. The film is now called a “series-best debut” as well as, according to MGM’s estimation, “the biggest sports film opening in history.”
The film also captured the international market with $41.8 million opening night from 75 markets. Overall, the film has earned $100.4 million from its overseas audience.
The film has captured the imaginations of audiences around the world, but domestically, the audience is majority ethnically diverse–according to The Hollywood Reporter, who cites PostTrak, 62 percent of the audience is ethnically diverse, with 39 percent being Latino viewers compared to 27 percent white, 20 percent Asian/other and 14 percent Black.
The film also marks the rare moment when a Black actor headlines two number one hits at the box office. Jonathan Majors, who also starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, stars in Creed III as Damian Anderson, Adonis Creed’s (Jordan) childhood friend-turned-adversary. Both films have taken the box office during their respective opening nights.
The film’s success caps off a tremendous week for Jordan, who recently received a Hollywood Star of Fame. Majors, who spoke at the event, spoke about his and Jordan’s friendship.
“He’s held that contract [of friendship] up so deeply and so fully and it breaks my heart with so much joy and satisfaction to call you my friend, brother,” he said.