Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – “Incredibles 2,” the long-awaited sequel to the 2003 smash, “The Incredibles,” hit U.S. screens on June 15 to a massive $180 million at the domestic box office. It broke the record for the best animated opening of all time during its opening weekend in the process.
By comparison, the original The Incredibles had a domestic gross of $70.5 million in its opening weekend from 7,600 screens at 3,933 theaters.
Incredibles 2, another Disney-Pixar Animation 3D computer-animated superhero flick, also brought in $231.5 million worldwide. It was also the second-biggest June opening behind 2015’s “Jurassic World,” and the eighth biggest debut of all time. Thus far, Incredibles 2 is the third largest opening of the year.
Another record for Incredibles 2: it broke the record set by another Pixar film, “Finding Dory,” for biggest animated film opening in box office history. The fish tale opened to roughly $135 million in 2016. Only “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther,” two other superhero films by Marvel Studios, have had bigger openings.
Incredibles 2 comes on the heels of the Disney box office bomb, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which grossed only $147.5 million a week after its debut on May 10. With an estimated budget of at least $250 million, Solo is one of the most expensive films ever made and is expected to lose at least $80 million at the end of its run. Incredibles 2 seems to have undone some of the damage inflicted by Solo on the Disney reputation as a hit factory.
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