“Incredibles 2” Has Incredible Opening Weekend

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The Disney/Pixar film Incredibles 2 had an even better opening weekend than anticipating, making an astounding $180 million at the domestic box office and $235.8 million worldwide.

That puts it far ahead of the #2 winner, Oceans 8, which got just shy of $19 million on its second weekend. Tag, the other new film of note, got third place with almost $15 million.

For comparison, the Incredibles sequel was expected to make $150 million domestically, which would have already put it ahead of Finding Dory ($135.1 million domestically) to become not only the biggest Pixar opening, but the biggest opening for an animated film. It also got the biggest animated opening worldwide, pulling ahead of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($218.4 million).

Indeed, the film did better than many live-action films, and also scored the fifth largest opening for a superhero movie ever. Ahead of it, in order from greatest to least, are Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron. (You may notice that all of those are Marvel Cinematic Universe films; since Disney owns Marvel Studios and Pixar, this further cements the Mouse House as the king of the genre.)

As it stands, Incredibles 2 is already the sixth highest-grossing movie of the year, and its standing will only grow in coming weeks. While other big films are expected out soon—including the MCU’s Ant-Man & the Wasp and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom—this film has the advantage of hitting the kids/family demographic, with no other major competition until Hotel Transylvania 3 comes out on July 13.

Picking up from the last movie, the sequel will have the Parr family trying to change the law against superheroics, with wife/mother Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) illegally fighting crime as an activist. Along the way the family must confront a new supervillain known as the Screen Slaver.

Past Pixar sequels have been hit or miss, with Finding Dory and the Toy Story follow-ups being beloved but others being duds; in this case, it seems to be another big success. The financial gains aside, the movie currently has a 94% critic rating on Rotten Tomato, with 88% audience approval as well. And that seems pretty super.

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