Incredibles 2, a sequel of The Incredibles released in 2004, did incredibly this weekend by setting a new box office record. It is the first animated film to surpass $500 million in North America and the 12th movie to ever do so. The box office success of Incredibles 2 is not the only accomplishment this incredible film has reached. Starring the vocal talents of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, this film has become the third largest opening of the year, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, two other superhero movies by Disney’s Marvel Studios.
Returning after 14 years after the first film, Incredibles 2 picks up from where the original one left and incorporates changes made within the relevant world, making it both new and nostalgic. Having a large audience base from The Incredibles and being more appealing to a wider audience demographic than the original film, it is not surprising that Incredibles 2 made history for animation with a $182 million opening weekend, breaking the previous record set by Finding Dory in 2016. Furthermore, it is the eighth largest opening in history, irrespective of genre.
According to Forbes, Incredibles 2 will quickly pass Beauty and the Beast (2017) and become the highest grossing film that is not rated PG-13. It is expected to have a $560-$575 million domestic accumulative box-office this coming week, thereby joining the top 10 all-time domestic grossers. Internationally, Incredibles 2 has earned $269 million, with more territories to open.
Critics and analysts consider that the incredible success brought by Incredibles 2 could be due to the 14 year time gap between the original film and the sequel. People who became fans of The Incredibles as children are now adults, which make up a large portion of the audience. In effect, this could be another example of “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” following the success of Finding Dory, which released 13 years after the opening of Finding Nemo and the recent failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), which released less than six months after the debut of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017).
Incredibles 2 was written and directed by Brad Bird. It is in theaters now.