The opening weekend earnings of the animated film Incredibles 2 were incredible.
The Disney-Pixar movie recorded an opening weekend of $180 million in North American. That is the highest of all time for an animated film. It beat the earlier record of the 2016 Pixar hit Finding Dory.
Internationally, Incredibles 2 collected another $51.5 million, bring its worldwide total to $231.5 million.
The first Incredibles film came out in 2004 and has not received a sequel since then. It was a major success among moviegoers and film critics. Excitement for the sequel has been strong and fans of the film have been anticipating a sequel which never came for around 14 years. That is until now.
According to film business expert Paul Dergarbedian, the film “shows the drawing power of the superhero genre, whether in the live action or animated” kind.
Disney’s head of distribution, Cathleen Taff, credits the huge opening weekend to the long wait for another Incredibles film.
Incredibles 2 picks up directly following the events of the earlier film. Members of the Parr family continue to try to live a normal life even with their superpowers. Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson return in their voice roles. Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and Sophia Bush voiced new characters. Brad Bird returned to write and direct the sequel.
Incredibles 2 has the third-biggest opening of 2018 so far. The top two: Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War were also Disney productions.
The movie is the second-biggest June opening of all time behind Jurassic World. Disney now also owns nine out of the top-ten opening weekends, with Jurassic World at number four being the standout.
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