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. But even by the impressive standards elsewhere in the studio’s catalogue, the record-smashing opening weekend for its latest movie, Incredibles 2, is an amazing result. [Update: Updated figures have come in slightly higher than the estimates cited below. According to Box Office Mojo, The Incredibles 2 made just under $182.7 million for the weekend.]
The film made a stunning $180 million over the weekend in US, which is the biggest ever opening for animated movie by some distance. The previous record-holder, Finding Dory, made $135 million in its first three days in 2016. In addition, that total gives Incredibles 2 the eighth biggest opening of all time and makes it the highest-ever weekend debut for a PG-rated title.
Incredibles 2 was helped by a lack of competition from other new movies this weekend. The only other new films to get a wide release were the R-rated comedy Tag, which debuted at No.4 with $14.6 million, and the Blaxploitation remake Superfly, which made $6.3 million and entered the chart at No.7.
The heist comedy reboot Ocean’s 8 slipped down to No.2 in its second week on release, with a $19.5 million take, while Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped to No.4. The Star Wars spin-off has been something of a commercial disappointment compared to other recent movies in the long-running franchise, and has only made $192 million after four weeks in theaters. Elsewhere, the superhero sequels Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War continued their impressive runs at No.5 and No.8 respectively, while the acclaimed horror movie Hereditary is at No.6.
You can see the full Top 10 list for the June 15-17 US box office below, as compiled by Box Office Mojo.
US/Canada Box Office For June 15-17:
- Incredibles 2 – $180 million
- Ocean’s 8 – $19.5 million
- Tag – $14.6 million
- Solo: A Star Wars Story – $9.0 million
- Deadpool 2 – $8.8 million
- Hereditary – $7.0 million
- Superfly – $6.3 million
- Avengers: Infinity War – $5.2 million
- Adrift – $2.1 million
- Book Club – $1.8 million