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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” continues to vanquish its Thanksgiving holiday box office competitors, tracking for a five-day total of $74 million.
The Jennifer Lawrence starrer generated $21.5 million at the Friday box office in 4,175 locations. “Mockingjay — Part 2” also dominated Thanksgiving day ticket sales, bringing in $10.4 million on the holiday. The Lionsgate release is the fourth and final chapter in the “Hunger Games” films; the fourth installment bowed to $102.7 million last weekend, the lowest opening in the franchise. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened ahead of Thanksgiving in 2014 to $121.9 million.
Behind Katniss Everdeen is Disney/Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which took in $15.6 million on Friday from 3,749 locations. The animated feature is on track to finish the five-day holiday weekend with a U.S. gross around $55 million. Pixar’s 16th pic follows dinosaur Arlo, who befriends a caveboy in an alternate history of Earth.
In third place for the holiday weekend is “Creed,” the »
- Marianne Zumberge
"Creed" opened on November 25, 40 years to the day of the first scene in "Rocky." This seventh film in the franchise could be the one that finally wins Sylvester Stallone, who created the iconic character of Rocky Balboa, an Oscar. Back in 1976, he contended for both Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for the original film, losing to "Network" star (Peter Finch) and scribe (Paddy Chayefsky) respectively. The consolation prize -- his movie won Best Picture over that film as well as "All the President's Men," "Bound for Glory" and "Taxi Driver." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions "Creed" reunites "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler with Michael B. Jordan, who stars as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky's first opponent Apollo. The film has scored a staggering 93 at Rotten Tomatoes (which scores on a pass/f »
Warner Bros. Pictures released their new drama/sport flick, "Creed," into theaters this past Wednesday, November 25th, and all the top, major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that most of them were very pleased with it, giving it an overall 82 score out of a possible 100 score across 40 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Michael B. Jordan, Phylicia Rashad, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Mick Lasalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a great 100 score, stating: "Rocky might not be the brightest guy, but he knows things. He has his limitations, but he is, in his own way, extraordinary, and when we look at his/Stallone’s face, we can have no doubt that Rocky has gone through life and learned things. He has been awake all these years, and growing. »
- Andre Braddox
The life of a professional boxer can be desperate and toilsome. Unless you’re a marquee prizefighter, there’s little money to be made, leaving many fighters stricken by poverty. Yet, few professions are so straightforward. Almost disturbing in its simplicity, you punch your opponent until they fall down, whilst they try to do the same to you.
In cinema, the boxer is an ever-present figure, often solitary and driven to succeed by demons from the past. Creed, Ryan Coogler‘s new addition to the Rocky series is out this week in a wide release, and garnering some very positive reviews (including our own). There’s no better time to brush up on your boxing movies, as it’s an enthralling little sub-genre, ripe for explosive violence and drama.
We compiled ten of the best boxing movies below, so check them out, and let us know your favorites.
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- Tony Hinds
In 1977, "Rocky" won Best Picture. The rousing and romantic boxing drama took home two more trophies, as well: One for director John G. Avildsen and the other for film editing. While very much a presence at the ceremony, the writer, lead actor, original creator and face of the franchise, Sylvester Stallone, went home empty-handed, if undoubtedly excited about the picture's overall performance. He'd been nominated for Best Writing (as it was called back in the day) and Best Actor, but lost out to the talents behind "Network" for both. With a career that took him to the top of Hollywood's blockbuster peaks, nothing Stallone made after "Rocky" generated much Oscar buzz. Until now. "Creed" landed this Thanksgiving week on a wave of rapturous reviews, with much respect being paid to director Ryan Coogler — who somehow crafted a film structurally similar to the "Rocky" films yet wholly its own artful interpretation — and star Michael. »
- Ben Travers
With Creed now in theaters, Rocky fans can finally see how helmer Ryan Coogler, the brain also behind 2013's acclaimed Fruitvale Station, and star Michael B. Jordan, who plays Stallone’s fervent protégé, have shaken up the big-screen boxer's legacy. To shed light on the much-hyped film, our friend John Horn, host of the Kpcc radio show and podcast “The Frame,” interviewed Coogler about the shift in direction with the Rocky spin-off, the challenges of pitching the Creed concept to Sylvester Stallone, and his commitment to diversifying today's cinematic landscape.You inherit a lot of history with these movies. How much is it an advantage versus a liability?Every advantage is kind of a liability, right? We wanted to navigate that as best we could. We’ve got the old characters, but we’re following a new one. The best advantage is we have a different perspective on all the »
- John Horn
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 enters its second weekend amid a flurry of opinions when it comes to its $102.6 million opening weekend. It also faces much stiffer competition this Thanksgiving weekend than Part 1 did a year ago, which only had Penguins of Madagascar to contend with, while Part 2 not only faces a new Pixar release in The Good Dinosaur, but also Creed, which has been (rightfully) well-received. All will be competing for holiday eyeballs when folks aren't stuffing their faces, taking in football and parades or knocking each other out for Black Friday deals. When it comes to Mockingjay 2, the last two Hunger Games films have fallen 53% in their second weekends, and that would seem to be the high bar for Part 2. I'm thinking more along the lines of a 56% drop, which means it may be a dogfight for #1 this weekend. All previous Hunger Games films have finished first in their second weekend, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of box office contenders heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The final film in the popular futuristic series nabbed $13.7 million on Wednesday, pushing its domestic haul to $183 million.
Globally, “Mockingjay – Part 2” has earned nearly $320 million. It is expected to top stateside charts for the second weekend in a row with $75 million, despite debuting last weekend to a weaker than expected $102.7 million, the lowest opening for any “Hunger Games” installment.
“Creed” punched above its weight, picking up $6 million from 3,350 locations in its opening day. The Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) drama focuses on the son of Rocky Balboa rival Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan. Sylvester Stallone dons the monosyllables once again to play Balboa, »
- Brent Lang
Read More: Life After Ferguson: Why Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay Support Blackout, the Black Friday Boycott It's been almost 40 years since "Rocky," which I helped make as the head of production at United Artists in the seventies, and I've been in the business for 50-odd years. (By the way, I don't look a year older.) I really liked "Creed," the latest movie in the "Rocky" franchise," because it felt real when I didn't expect it. I thought Sylvester Stallone was the best I've seen him in years. The director, Ryan Coogler, did a great job; the camerawork was amazing. A number of films I've been involved with over the years have been redone, but they only work when they're fresh. The original "Rocky" cost $1.5 million, but went $40,000 over budget. There were obvious doubts about whether Stallone would get any money to make it all — rightfully so, since he hadn't really done anything yet. »
- Mike Medavoy
The story of Rocky is legend, and at this point, most of us can either rattle off Rocky’s boxing accomplishments across his six films or relate the story of how wannabe movie star Sylvester Stallone wrote a little boxing movie for himself and became an icon in the process. This is not that story. This is the story of Creed, the fighter from the first four Rocky films, who went on to quite unexpectedly spawn a film bearing his name all these years later in 2015. We knew Creed was always a worthy opponent, but we never expected Creed to be such a worthy sequel/spin-off movie. We’re absolutely delighted to report - it’s damn good. Michael B. Jordan completely inhabits Adonis Creed, Apollo’s illegitimate son, fighting out from under the shadow of a father...
- John Gholson
Rocky is back, again, only this time he isn’t the one boxing in the ring. Creed is out today and to celebrate the occasion I picked a few clips from the highly anticipated sports drama. Yes, I did say highly anticipated because Rocky is back in what seems to be a good movie and tracking […]
What’s in a Name?: Coogler’s Impressive Rocky Spinoff
After taking home the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 with Fruitvale Station, director Ryan Coogler moved into studio franchise filmmaking with Creed for his sophomore effort. It’s a questionable move, seeing as the film is a spinoff from Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rocky series, a legacy spawning six films, the last unfurling in 2006. Co-writing the screenplay with first time screenwriter Aaron Covington, Coogler’s perspective concerns the abandoned offspring of Rocky Balboa’s frenemy Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) and his rise to fame. Considering its breakneck speed through arguably slim running time and retread of the general motions we’ve seen in nearly every boxing odyssey committed to celluloid, Coogler manages a compelling character study hinging on dynamic emotional motifs concerning the nature of legacy and the definition of family. Though not as »
- Nicholas Bell
Ryan Coogler's Creed is the best film of the year. That may come as a shock for some of you especially if you're among those old enough to remember many of the hokier directions the Rocky series took. After six films and several ups and downs, it didn't seem reasonable to go back to the Balboa well once again. Instead, it was time to revitalize the series for a newer, younger audience. I know what several of you think of the word "reboot," but, when it works – and those exceptions are few and far between – there's no denying it. Everything in Creed works perfectly, and the movie not only spins off from the Rocky series in the most organic and best way possible, it stands on its own as a flawlessly realized work of cinema. It was high time another filmmaker got a crack at the story, anyway. Sylvester Stallone, »
- Jeremy Kirk
Two big movies for your Thanksgiving weekend! We have the Disney/Pixar flick .The Good Dinosaur. and the Rocky sequel/reboot .Creed.. Which one is worth your time and money? Take a look at my movie reviews of .The Good Dinosaur. and .Creed..
Official .The Good Dinosaur. Synopsis
"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. (C) Disney
Official .Creed. Synopsis
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father,world heavy weight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, »
Writer-director Ryan Coogler's Rocky spinoff, Creed, hits theaters today, just in time to send audiences into a roar of excitement over the Thanksgiving weekend. Depicted as one of the most "terrific boxing movies" and one of the best in the Rocky series, the film portrays former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Movie critics can't praise the spinoff enough, giving it two thumbs up and promising you'll be in their corner once you see it, too. And just in case you don't believe us, here are five reviews to prove it: The Los »
What would Adrian think? We all know that Sylvester Stallone did extremely physical work in the Rocky films, but it turns out that fighting Dolph Lundgren in the fourth film very nearly killed him, both on screen and off. In a recent interview with Ain’t It Cool, Stallone was asked about his worst on-set injury, and turns out it was a doozy that came from trading blows with Lundgren. He said: ...after the third take of taking body blows, I felt a burning in my chest, but ignored it...Later that night I couldn’t breathe very well, and they took me to the emergency room...The next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive care for eight days...He struck me so hard in the chest »
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” will lead the U.S. box office with about $73 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday at 4,175 locations, early estimates showed Wednesday.
The opening of Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” appears to be roaring to $63 million for the long weekend and New Line-mgm’s “Creed” will come in above forecasts in the $40 million range at 3,350 sites. “Creed” scored an industry record for previews on a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night with $1.4 million, edging “The Good Dinosaur” at $1.3 million.
Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein,” which opened with a modest $175,000 at 2,100 locations at Tuesday previews, is showing only slight traction. The Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy starrer will wind up the weekend at about $7 million.
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is en route to $13 million on Wednesday. The film debuted to a franchise-low $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015. “Mockingjay — Part 1” launched last year »
- Dave McNary
Michael B. Jordan trained hard for his role in Creed—and it shows. The 28-year-old actor, who plays Apollo Creed's son opposite Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky spinoff, tells Men's Fitness he packed on 24 pounds of muscle for the role. "Man, he's come a long way," his trainer, Corey Calliet, tells the mag. "When we first started he could barely bench 20 pounds, his legs were flailing everywhere...he had nothing." The Friday Night Lights alum starts to protest, before conceding, "No, he's right…I hated it. You know, at first you feel like s--t, you're hurting. When things start getting a little easier, when you start lifting weight you never lifted before, »
Cue the trumpet fanfare; it’s a Rocky movie. No, wait, hold those trumpets, at least for now. Creed is not that kind of Rocky movie. It’s not quite Rocky VII, and not just because Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa is old and on the sidelines, ceding the spotlight to a young African-American boxer played by Michael B. Jordan. Two years ago, its director, Ryan Coogler, collaborated with Jordan on Fruitvale Station, which depicted the senseless death of a 22-year-old black man named Oscar Grant at the hands of a Bay Area policeman. That’s one kind of story, one vital way of framing the world through African-American male eyes alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Black Lives Matter. Creed is another. It’s a Hollywood story, which Coogler gets: He even gives his protagonist — the illegitimate son of ex-heavyweight champion Apollo Creed — the initially derisive nickname “Hollywood. »
- David Edelstein
On March 24th, 1975, struggling actor Sylvester Stallone spent his last few dollars to see boxing champ Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner. Thought to be an easy win, Ali surprisingly met his match: a career brawler who was having the fight of his life. Fifteen rounds and an Ali knockdown later, Wepner lost. But the scrappy no name fighter inspired Stallone, who emerged from a twenty-hour writing binge with a screenplay and an underdog character named Rocky Balboa.
The script quickly became a hot property in Hollywood, and several attempts were made to purchase it for stars like Burt Reynolds and Ryan O’Neal. But Stallone refused, knowing full well that no one could play the part like he could. Stallone eventually got his wish at United Artists, and under director John G. Avildsen, the rest became movie history. Released in 1976, Rocky was a global sensation, winning a Best Picture Oscar »
- Danilo Castro
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