Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” shattered box office expectations with its $180 million domestic debut — the eighth-best opening weekend of all time in North America and the biggest ever launch for an animated film. Overseas, it picked up an additional $51.5 million for a global start of $231.5 million.
Earlier this week, projections showed the superhero sequel opening in line with 2016’s “Finding Dory,” which previously held the title of best animated debut with $135 million. By Friday morning, numbers from “Incredibles 2’s” Thursday night previews began to roll in, and estimates shot up to a staggering $175 million.
“This is a number nobody would have expected even four days ago,” box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. “Nobody wants to go out on a big limb. If you said that it would open to almost $200 million two weeks ago, people would have scoffed at that.”
There’s no doubt anticipation was high given the 14 year gap since the original film, 2004’s “The Incredibles,” opened to critical acclaim. It won two Oscars and went on to earn $633 million worldwide.