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With a solid third place opening, and a resounding 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, Creed is on the road to becoming a champion after all. Of course, this will re-kindle talks about turning the Rocky spin-off into a full fledged franchise, and Michael B. Jordan is more than welcome to the prospect.
During a recent interview, Jordan was in full effect as his rebound effort after the disaster that was Fantastic Four has proven to be a good step in the right direction for the up-and-coming actor. So naturally, the following remarks to the Associated Press aren't that surprising, as the actor stated the following angle for future installments:
A character so rich as this, and the world he's in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does, especially the way it ends off, it's pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with (co-stars) Sly (Stallone) and Tessa (Thompson) again.
With Creed ending in an honorable defeat that proved the worth of Adonis "Donnie" Creed's boxing prowess, the world is his oyster at this point. Despite his loss in the ring, his performance was strong enough that he'll undoubtedly be receiving future offers to fight tougher, more formidable competitors – much like Rocky Balboa before him. Even if Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan limited themselves to a trilogy of films, we could easily see Jordan's Adonis making his way through the fighting circuit, with increasingly colorful adversaries taking him on.
After two films of staggering critical acclaim, Coogler and Jordan only need Creed to become a box office champion in order for the duo to have a blank check to do whatever they want with the franchise. Sony and MGM surely must be celebrating, as $45 million in international grosses is great news – despite stiff competition from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and The Good Dinosaur this past weekend. Still, the film managed to stay close to the pack, and has the potential to rise, if not maintain, its box office profile throughout this week. This makes the initial chatter for future entries in the series all the more wise.
Of course, there's another way for Creed to make itself into a possible franchise, and that's through the magic of awards season buzz. With enough nominations, a couple of wins, and the enthusiasm of Michael B. Jordan in their corner, there's a good chance that the two studios could green-light a couple more entries, especially if the budget for Creed wasn't a bank breaker. The next couple of months are going to be very interesting when it comes to the future of the franchise, but at least we know that should there be movement in the right direction, Jordan will lace up and touch gloves once more.
Creed is in theaters now.