Disney and Pixar‘s Incredibles 2 has exceeded all expectations by not only being the #1 movie upon release but by scoring an estimated $180.2 million on its opening weekend. Finding Dory previously held the largest opening weekend for an animated film with $135 million.
The original The Incredibles earned $70.5 million its opening weekend (the original film also has an A+ from Cinema Score).
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.
When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
The film earned a record breaking $18.5 million in Thursday previews alone and earned an estimated $71.5 million on Friday.
In one weekend the sequel has earned almost 70% of what the first film made in its entire run in theaters. It has the potential to become the most successful animated film in box office history which is currently held by Finding Dory, which earned a total of $486 million just two years ago. The film has also already earned almost 80% of what DCs Justice League earned in the U.S last year.
The film already sits as the eighth highest opening weekend of all time, beating out Captain America: Civil War‘s $179.1 million.