The opening weekend for INCREDIBLES 2 was a heroic affair. Disney and Pixar’s long-awaited sequel soared past expectations to a record-shattering $180 million at the weekend box office out of 4,410 theaters. That’s one heck of a tally for any film, and easily makes the superhero sequel the best animated debut by a long shot. FINDING DORY previously held the crown with a $135 launch in 2016.
INCREDIBLES 2 didn’t just break animation records, the film also secured the eighth-best domestic opening for any film, not adjusted for inflation, and landed the title of best debut for a PG-rated film, surpassing Disney’s live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remake, which opened to $174.6 million in 2017. The 20th Pixar film sees the return of the Parr family, finally back on screens after a 14-year wait, and the film has fared well with both critics and audiences alike, earning an A+ CinemaScore and sitting Certified Fresh with a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Landing at No. 3 is Warner Bros. and New Line’s new release TAG, which settled in to $14.6 million in 3,382 locations. The muted debut puts the the R-rated comedy slightly behind expectations and continues the year’s trend of healthy but muted debuts for adult-leaning comedies after GAME NIGHT ($17m opening) and BLOCKERS ($20.5m opening). Directed by Jeff Tomsic, TAG stars Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb, and Hannibal Buress as a group of friends locked in a thirty-year game of tag when it suddenly gets kicked into overdrive. The film landed a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Holding strong of last week’s studio-best debut, A24’s horror sensation HEREDITARY earned another $7 million in its second week — a seriously impressive tally for a punishing R-rated horror film from a first-time director. That brings the domestic total to $27 million in just two weeks. Ari Aster’s tale of generational suffering and pernicious evil earned an unsurprising D+ CinemaScore, but critical acclaim has held steady since the film debuted to rave reviews at SXSW and it currently sits at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne and Milly Shapiro.
Check out the full box office numbers below (via Box Office Mojo):
1. Incredibles 2 $180M
2. Ocean’s 8 $19.55M
3. Tag $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story $9.08M
5. Deadpool 2 $8.8M
6. Hereditary $7.02M
7. Superfly $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War $5.29M
9. Adrift $2.1M
10. Book Club $1.85M