“Creed” started off the five-day weekend with a solid $1.4 million at the Tuesday night box office, while Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” roared to $1.3 million.
“Creed,” which Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and MGM teamed up to release, set an industry record for Tuesday pre-shows for the Thanksgiving weekend. The boxing film is set to make a triumphant $27 million to $35 million this weekend, and the animated family film, “The Good Dinosaur,” is looking at a $60 million haul.
Comparably, Disney’s “Frozen” opened to $1.2 million on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2013, the current holiday record-holder with a five-day debut gross of $93.5 million. If “The Good Dinosaur” does debut on top, it will join Disney’s Thanksgiving box-office honor roll that includes “Toy Story 2,” “Tangled,” “A Bug’s Life” and the live-action “101 Dalmations.”
If “The Good Dinosaur” makes its estimated $60 million this weekend, it will also likely power past current reigning champ “Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” which is on track for $50 million in its second weekend.
While “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million on the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2014 and went on to make $82.7 million for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, “Mockingjay — Part 2” opened to $103 million last weekend.
“Creed,” which stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the son of Rocky Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) late friend and former rival Apollo Creed, is looking to continue the appeal of the “Rocky” franchise. If it rakes in its estimated amount, it will beat the previous films, which all opened in the teen millions, except “Rocky II.” “Rocky IV,” the highest-grossing film in the franchise, opened to $19.9 million in 1985.
The $35 million boxing film currently boasts a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93 percent, while the previous “Rocky” films only reached up to around 73 percent. The only other film in the franchise that could match “Creed” in terms of reviews was 1976’s “Rocky,” which also currently holds a rating of 93 percent.
“The Good Dinosaur” also has good reviews, with a current 86 percent positive rating.
The horror film grossed $175,000 from 2,100 locations on Tuesday, and is looking to make around $12 million for Twentieth Century Fox. Currently claiming 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film follows the story of Igor (Radcliffe) and his dark origins.
The movie comes just 22 months after “I, Frankenstein” hit theaters and flopped at the box office. “Victor Frankenstein” had a production budget of $40 million.