$180M opening puts animated ‘Incredibles 2’ in record books

Tanya Cunningham
June 18, 2018

Overseas, "Incredibles 2" raked in an additional $51.5 million from foreign markets, for a worldwide total of $231.5 million in its first weekend of release.

The Disney and Pixar film premiered to an estimated $180 million at the domestic box office this weekend.

"Incredibles 2" is also the second biggest ever June debut, behind only "Jurassic World" ($208.8 million), which has its own sequel preparing to take a bite out of the box office when its opens in North America next weekend.

Pixar is used to box office success, with movies such as Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory among the most successful animated movies ever made.

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Archives Manager Juliet Roth at Incredibles 2 Long Lead Press day. Author Whit Honea is in the Abbey Road shirt

It was the highest ever opening for an animated film in the U.S. and Canada, easily besting the $135 million debut of its Disney-Pixar stablemate, "Finding Dory" (2016). After the film opened Friday, some theatergoers posted on social media that the superhero cartoon could trigger seizures in people with epilepsy, migraines or chronic illness. "The challenge of juggling everything life throws at you-even if you have superpowers-is still relatable". A further $51.5m was added outside the USA, although the film has only opened in around a quarter of territories. The films still couldn't surpass the "Ocean's 8" second weekend which closed out with $19.5 million for the second biggest grab this weekend. Directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock among others, "Ocean's 8" follows a group of women, led by Debbie Ocean, who plan on robbing the Met Gala in NY.

Fifth place went to R-rated superhero flick "Deadpool 2" at $8.8 million.

"Gotti", which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, debuts at 503 locations this weekend and was tracking for about $1.7 million from Vertical Entertainment, Sunrider, and MoviePass.

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