Why Hollywood Is Punch-Drunk on Boxing Movies From ‘Southpaw’ to ‘Hands of Stone’

Jake Gyllenhaal‘s gritty indie “Southpaw” is punching above its weight at the box office, grossing $22.5 million in its first week, but the ring is about to get very crowded.

There are four more high-profile boxing movies going to the mat over the near year and a half, from Warner Bros.’ “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” to Robert De Niro’s return to the genre in “Heart of Stone.”

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