The Incredibles are back in action with a record-breaking Thursday debut.
Pixar's Incredibles 2 opened domestically with a record-setting $18.5 million from Thursday previews. That more than doubles the previous record for an animated feature, held by 2016's Finding Dory, which earned $9.2 million in previews.
Writer/director Brad Bird's sequel received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and holds a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes as it enters its opening weekend. The animated superhero family film is projected to earn between $125 million and $140 million this weekend, putting it on pace to become for the biggest animated debut of all time. That record is now held by Finding Dory, which grossed $135 million in its opening weekend.
This also puts Incredibles 2 on track to nearly double the opening of its 2004 predecessor, which raked in $70.4 million. Despite a 14-year gap between films, it seems the Pixar superheroes haven't lost a step, and the record-breaking Thursday opening gives Incredibles 2 a strong start for what is shaping up to be a lucrative opening weekend.
Written and directed once again by Brad Bird, Incredibles 2 stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Isabella Rossellini, and Brad Bird.