Yesterday, Incredibles 2 became just the seventh animated film to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It is Disney’s fifth animated and 18th-ever billion-dollar release and joins Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War as Disney’s third release to reach the $1 billion milestone this year.
The film, which holds an A+ CinemaScore and a 93% Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes, has earned $574.0M domestically and $430.9M internationally for a global total of $1.005 billion through July 30.
After setting a domestic box office record for biggest animated debut ever with $182.7 million (June 15–17), Incredibles 2 became the first animated film ever to surpass the $500 million mark in North America and now stands as the ninth biggest overall release in U.S. history. With Toy Story 3, Finding Dory and Incredibles 2, Pixar is the first and only animated studio to have released three billion-dollar films.
Incredibles 2 continues its global rollout this week, opening in Japan tomorrow and in Spain on Friday, followed by Italy and Germany in September.
Marvel Studios’ smallest heroes delivered big returns as Ant-Man and the Wasp debuted with $75.8 million domestically, becoming the Studios’ 20th straight No. 1 box-office opening. That debut is approximately 33 percent ahead of the first Ant-Man, which opened with $57.2 million in 2015.
Internationally, Ant-Man and The Wasp collected an estimated $85 million from about 48 percent of the marketplace, which is approximately 45 percent ahead of the first Ant-Man, bringing the global opening weekend to an estimated $161.7 million. It opened across key parts of Asia, the whole of Latin America and mainly smaller markets within Europe. Those impressive numbers bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s combined global box office to more than $17 billion across 20 films.
But Marvel wasn’t the only studio delivering heroic numbers. Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 passed Finding Dory this weekend to become Pixar’s top-grossing film domestically. Sailing past the $500 million mark domestically, it is the first animated film ever to reach that mark and just the 12th film ever to do so. Incredibles 2 has now grossed more than $780 million worldwide.
Pixar’s Incredibles 2 posted a heroic $182.7 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, smashing the record for biggest animated debut of all time and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 posted a heroic $182.7 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, vaulting into the top 10 debuts among all films in history at No. 8. It is also the highest-grossing PG debut and the No. 2 debut ever in June. With an aggregate critics score of 94-percent Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes, the film scored an A+ CinemaScore from audiences, marking Pixar’s seventh A+ and 20th consecutive A-range CinemaScore out of 20 feature films.
Abroad, Incredibles 2 posted $53.1 million in a footprint of just 26 percent of the international market, bringing the global total to $235.8 million and taking the No. 1 spot in almost all markets and ranking as Pixar’s biggest opening weekend in Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia, Central America, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Israel, UAE and Paraguay.
The Incredibles burst on to the scene in the 2004 smash hit The Incredibles, which earned over $633 million worldwide and was one of the biggest animated films ever at the time. The Supers are headed to Disney California Adventure’s soon-to-be-unveiled Pixar Pier this summer when the Incredicoaster is unmasked!
Today Disney•Pixar’s highly anticipated Incredibles 2 makes its super debut in U.S. theaters. Picking up mere minutes after the memorable events of 2004’s The Incredibles, the new film not only reintroduces audiences to the Parr family (dad Bob, aka Mr. Incredible; mom Helen, otherwise known as Elastigirl; and super kids Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack), but also reestablishes the unparalleled mid-century modern world of the original film.
“I was inspired by spy series and spy movies,” explains director Brad Bird. “James Bond, Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Our Man Flint, as well as a prime-time adventure cartoon called Jonny Quest. There were a bunch of them… that had that cool, elegant flavor that we wanted to capture.” That flavor extends from the cars to the gadgets, from the clothing to the characters themselves, and everything in between—all with a present-day bent and a steadfast eye to the future.
Nowhere is this continued “mid-century with a twist” quality more evident than in the architecture and interior design of Incredibles 2. Garnering inspiration from a research trip to the mid-century haven of Palm Springs, California, production designer Ralph Eggleston and his team set about designing with clean lines and simplicity. “We had this really fun idea of ‘mid-century mundane,’” explains Eggleston. “It’s not the coolest buildings, but the stuff in between the coolest buildings. So we used a lot of [that] in the design of the city of Municiberg.” Inspiration came from all manner of avenues; “It’s actually easy to find great-looking mid-century architecture,” Eggleston admits. “It’s harder to find stuff that is less identifiable—little elements here and there, like ‘breeze blocks’ [concrete cinder blocks] and repeated patterns. [Finding those] is a lot of fun.” The team’s overall approach was also informed by a host of mid-century luminaries and their creations, including the work of architectural photographer Ezra Stoller; patterns designed by Alexander Girard; furniture from the artists at Knoll, Inc.; sculptures by Harry Bertoia; and the designs of modernist architect Mies van der Rohe.
There’s a specific building in Incredibles 2 that exemplifies the aesthetic Eggleston and team worked so hard to create: the Parr family’s new home. Considering their last abode was destroyed at the end of the 2004 film, the Parrs would need a new place to hang their hats… or, more specifically, their super suits. Early on, Pixar artists delivered a lovely 2,300-square-foot house to director/writer Bird—but once the story called for a larger, state-of-the-art home (one that two of the film’s new characters, telecommunications mogul Winston Deavor and his genius sister Evelyn, would be providing to the family), the sky was literally the limit. “It’s a cantilevered house built on a precipice outside of the city,” says Eggleston. “Inspired by a rocket, with influence from a lot of different architects, we wanted a heavily caricatured look.” However, it wasn’t just the house itself—with its multiple entrances; bedrooms galore; an amazing kitchen; and a living room complete with hidden water features—that continues the mid-century through-line, it’s also the distinctive, finer details scattered throughout its expansive 38,000 square feet of virtual space. Case in point: the home’s terrazzo floors. Says shading art director Bryn Imagire, “I really love terrazzo floors. Because it’s such a big element—in any kind of aggregate material, in mid-century [design], they’d use rocks embedded in grout or marble or stone—terrazzo was a really expensive material back then, and today it would also probably cost lots of money to do it right. And so we felt that, because the house is so fabulous, we’re going to put terrazzo everywhere.” Natural materials and muted colors also make appearances, as do plentiful houseplants—“the Eastern idea of ‘bringing the outside in,’” Imagire says.
All told, “[In animation], it’s all built from scratch,” Eggleston explains. “We aren’t trying to capture [an era], but people’s memory of the era… Brad’s writing of characters and his storytelling skills are such that it allowed us to really caricature the world. It’s not about reality. It’s about believability.”
Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is in U.S. theaters today.
The track listing for the ‘Incredibles 2’ Soundtrack has been released. This album will be released digitally on June 15 and on CD June 29, 2018. Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino composed the film’s original music.
1. Episode 2 2. A Tony Perspective 3. Consider Yourselves Undermined! 4. A Matter of Perception 5. Diggin’ the New Digs 6. This Ain’t My Super-Suit? 7. Elastigirl Is Back 8. Train of Taut 9. Rocky vs. Jack-Jack 10. Ambassador Ambush 11. Hero Worship 12. Searching for a Screenslaver 13. Super Legal Again 14. Renouncing the Renunciation 15. World’s Worst Babysitters 16. Helen of Ploy 17. A Dash of Reality 18. Hydrofoiled Again 19. Jack Splat 20. A Bridge Too Parr 21. Together Forever and Deavor 22. Elastigirl’s Got a Plane to Catch 23. Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Oxygen 24. Happily After-Deavor 25. Out and a Bout 26. Incredits 2 27. Here Comes Elastigirl – Elastigirl’s Theme 28. Chill or Be Chilled – Frozone’s Theme 29. Pow! Pow! Pow! – Mr. Incredible’s Theme 30. Devtechno! 31. Chad Tonight Talk Show Theme 32. Chad Tonight Newscast Bumper