Super-sized opening weekend for ‘Incredibles 2’ sets a new box-office record

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It was a heroic weekend for Incredibles 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s animated superhero feature The Incredibles.

The film from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios raked in a massive $180 million over the three-day weekend, passing the $135 million premiere for 2016’s Finding Dory and making Incredibles 2 the new record-holder for animated features’ opening weekends. The film also set a new opening weekend record for “G” and “PG”-rated films, surpassing last year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million), and came in eighth on the list of the biggest opening weekends of all time in U.S. theaters, just ahead of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

The film’s big debut was matched by equally impressive reviews, with professional critics giving it a 94-percent approval rating and general audiences giving it an “A+” grade — just the seventh film to have received that grade. Given all of these factors working in its favor, there’s a very good chance that Incredibles 2 could become the highest-grossing animated feature of all time, and could be well on its way to a spot among the most successful movies of any genre.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Incredibles 2 $180M $180M $231.5M
2. Ocean’s 8 $19.5M $79.1M $116.2M
3. Tag $14.6M $14.6M $16M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story $9M $192.8M $339.5M
5. Deadpool 2 $8.8M $294.6M $689.5M
6. Hereditary $7M $27.1M $27.1M
7. Superfly $6.3M $8.4M $8.4M
8. Avengers: Infinity War $5.2M $664.1M $2.01B
9. Adrift $2.1M $26.8M $28.3M
10. Book Club $1.8M $62M $62M

Two more new releases cracked the top ten films of the weekend, but none of them came close to making the sort of headlines that Incredibles 2 generated.

The “R”-rated comedy Tag slightly outperformed expectations with a $14.6 million premiere, while action remake Superfly underwhelmed with just $6.3 million. The two films received nearly identical assessments from critics and audiences, with both settling for lukewarm professional reviews in the 50-percent positive range and a good (but not great) “B+” audience grade.

As for the rest of the weekend’s films, the race is still on for Marvel Studios’ two blockbusters of the year, with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War still filling seats and vying for supremacy both in their cinematic universe and the box-office record books.

Black Panther and Infinity War are currently third and fourth among the highest-grossing movies of all time domestically, with Black Panther ahead by just $35 million. Both films are also in the top ten of the highest-grossing films of all time worldwide, with Infinity War currently in fourth place and closing in on third-place movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Black Panther is currently in ninth place, just behind fellow Marvel movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.)

Although ticket sales for Black Panther have slowed a bit domestically, Infinity War is still chugging along and looks like it still has a few records left to break.

This upcoming week is all about the return of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is looking like yet another record-breaker in the making. Three years ago, Jurassic World tallied a $208.8 million premiere to bring the Jurassic Park franchise roaring back into the record books, and early reviews of Fallen Kingdom have been extremely positive. Given the family-friendly nature of Incredibles 2, that film isn’t likely to be impacted all that much by the premiere of Fallen Kingdom, but some of the other genre films in theaters might get a bite taken out of their ticket sales.







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