Creed 2 will officially hit Chinese theaters on January 4th, 2019. This marks the first time that a movie from the Rocky franchise has gotten a theatrical release in China. The country is the second-biggest box office market in the world and has been responsible for a big chunk of the huge success of both Venom and Aquaman recently. Creed 2 should be able to pull in quite a bit of extra cash upon its release early next year.
Alongside Rocky, Sylvester Stallone's Rambo franchise has not had a theatrical release in China either, but 2010's The Expendables did fairly well, which means that Stallone is probably pretty well-known. Plus, it probably means that Rambo 5 will get a theatrical release date in China too. That has yet to be confirmed, but Creed 2 should raise Stallone's profile in China, paving the way for more of his projects to get a crack at the country.
To date, Creed 2 has pulled in $133.6 million globally. The sequel had a better opening than its predecessor and it has constantly been in the top ten for over a month now. Sylvester Stallone has announced that the movie will mark the last time that he will appear on the big screen as Rocky Balboa. However, there are more than a few people who believe that he will eventually come back, one of which being co-star Dolph Lundgren. Stallone has teased retirement more than once, so he could make a comeback, especially if the sequel ends up doing really well in China. There's already a demand for a third movie, so it will be interesting to see what the actor decides to do.
Speaking of a possible follow up to Creed 2, Sylvester Stallone says that he'd be open to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder taking on the role of Clubber Lang's son. Wilder has expressed interest in the role and says that acting is going to be his career pursuit when he is finished boxing. Clubber Lane was originally played by the iconic Mr. T in Rocky III, and Wilder is more than ready to take on the role after his rematch with Tyson Fury. Creed 3 has not been officially announced and is not in active development at the moment.
The Chinese box office has been helping out a lot of North American movies lately. Sony's Venom extended its theatrical run because the movie was doing so well there. However, not all franchises are destined for greatness in China. Star Wars does not do very well there and The Last Jedi was quickly pulled from theaters after a dismal opening. Hopefully, Creed 2 will end up doing better in China than the Star Was franchise, which isn't too hard to do. This Creed 2 news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.