(AllHipHop News) Director Steven Caple Jr.'s Creed II was a knockout at the North American box office. The eighth installment in the Rocky franchise opened at #2, but the movie still managed to set a new record.
Ralph Breaks the Internet landed at #1 by bringing in $84.5 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. The Creed sequel collected $55.8 million over those same five days.
That total makes the Michael B. Jordan-led flick the highest grossing live-action movie over the Thanksgiving weekend in history. Plus, Creed II now has the seventh largest Thanksgiving five-day opening of all-time.
The original Creed amassed $42 million in its opening five-day Thanksgiving weekend in November 2015. The Ryan Coogler-directed sports drama eventually made over $109 million domestically and more than $173 million globally.
Creed II moved into the #8 spot on the list of the biggest three-day Thanksgiving weekends ever ($35 million). The first Creed currently sits at #14 on that tally ($30 million).
Besides gaining traction with moviegoers, Creed II was also a hit with critics. It has an 82% "certified fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, audiences gave the MGM/New Line Cinema production an "A" on Cinemascore.
Jordan reprised his role as the title character. The cast also features Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad. Coogler served as an executive producer. Stallone and Juel Taylor wrote the screenplay.
The star-studded Creed II: The Album was curated by Eardruma Records producer Mike Will Made It. Hip Hop songs by Lil Wayne, Nas, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Nicki Minaj, Ella Mai, and more were included on the soundtrack.