‘Incredibles 2’ saves the day for Pixar with record-breaking opening weekend
LOS ANGELES — The superheroes of “Incredibles 2” came to the rescue for Pixar Animation after several tumultuous months at the studio, collecting a record-setting $180 million at the domestic box office this weekend.
The opening is the highest ever for an animated film, surpassing the Walt Disney Co. DIS, +0.09% studio’s own “Finding Dory” debut by $45 million. Overseas returns added an estimated $51.5 million to the opening.
That is especially good news for Pixar, which lost its top creative guru earlier this month when Disney said co-founder John Lasseter would leave the company at the end of the year after allegations of inappropriate hugging and touching were made against him.
Even by the standards of the Pixar record, the sequel’s opening was monstrous. It is now the eighth-highest opening of all time, between Disney’s own “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War.” The studio has nine of the top 10 highest openings of all time; the only outlier is “Jurassic World.”
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