Incredibles 2 is a Pixar sequel to a beloved animated superhero film, 14 years in the making. It was always going to be big, but in the weeks leading up to the film's release, we've gotten a glimpse at just how big it might be. Early box-office projections set it up to be the biggest animated opener of all time, early reviews are great, and last week we heard the film was on pace to break Finding Dory's record for best animated ticket presales of all time.
Well, it's no longer just about the pact. That record is broken.
Fandango announced Thursday that Incredibles 2 — writer-director Brad Bird's follow-up film chronicling the further adventures of the superhero Parr family — is officially the top preseller among animated films in the 18-year history of the company. That's impressive, particularly when you consider that Incredibles 2 isn't done preselling yet. As of this writing, there are several more hours of presales left to go before the film's Thursday-night shows, so it has room to put some distance between its own record and the one set by Finding Dory back in 2016.
Finding Dory, itself a sequel to a beloved Pixar classic, is currently the highest-earning animated film ever made, with a lifetime gross of $486.3 million (rounding up slightly) in North America and a little more than $1 billion worldwide. Incredibles 2 is on pace to top Dory's $135 million domestic opening weekend, and if it continues the do the same kind of business other Pixar films have gotten, it'll have plenty of repeat business and word of mouth in the weeks that follow. It's not guaranteed, but all signs point to Incredibles 2 breaking more box-office records in the days to come, even beyond this weekend.
Incredibles 2 begins preview screenings Thursday night ahead of its official release on Friday.