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Sylvester Stallone’s Absence From Creed III Explained

March 7, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to Forbes, beating expectations by roughly $20 million, Creed III grossed $58.6 million in U.S. box office sales in its debut weekend, according to MGM. This marks a victory for Michael B. Jordan as both actor and director of the film.

Unfortunately, one pivotal character did not make an appearance in Jordan’s successful directorial debut. Sylvester Stallone, whose name is tantamount with Rocky Balboa was not featured in the film.

According to Yahoo, Stallone acknowledged his absence from the film, stating: “What it was is Michael [B Jordan] is telling a story, highly personal, but there’s no room for me. In other words, it’s about his [character Adonis Creed’s] family, about his dilemma, and about his journey that has nothing to do with boxing.

“I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s a whole different point of view than Rocky’s point of view.”

However, there may be more to the Rocky saga. Although Sylvester Stallone portrayed the iconic boxer in eight films, writing seven of them, and directing four, his ownership of the franchise remains minimal.

Reportedly, Stallone only earned $75,000 for both his acting and writing contributions, along with a percentage of the profits. Despite the movie’s massive success, the characters’ rights ultimately belong to producer Irwin Winkler. When confronted, Winkler told Stallone, “Hey you got paid, so what are you complaining about?”

As director, Michael B. Jordan took his vision for the film and moved forward, breaking Adonis free from the shadow of Rocky. With a greater domestic opening than 2015’s Creed ($29.6 million) and 2018’s Creed II ($35.5 million), Creed III ranked No. 1 over the weekend at the U.S. box office.

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