“Rocky Balboa”, the sixth and final movie in the ‘Rocky’ franchise, earned an estimated $6.2-$6.4M from 2,752 theaters on Wednesday.
The film will add more theaters on Friday (expanding to 3,017) as it tries its hand at taking the box office crown over the weekend.
Analyists are expecting “Rocky” to place somewhere in the top three, possibly being surpassed this weekend by the “Night At The Museum” (opening Friday) and “The Pursuit of Happyness”.
But a third place finish would not be considered a poor showing for the movie, as its budget stayed fairly low at around $24M.
Word of mouth also appears to be strong as audiences (77% at RT), and critics, are saying the movie is better than expectations.