Pixar's Incredibles 2 is headed for a super opening weekend at the box office. The long-awaited sequel to Brad Bird's The Incredibles, about a family of superheroes navigating the dual challenges of domestic life and supervillains, is on track for a $140 million opening weekend when it arrives in theaters next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If those numbers hold, the film would hand Pixar — long a box office juggernaut thanks to a string of hits that began with Toy Story in 1995 — the best opening weekend for an animated film ever. According to Box Office Mojo, the current animated movie champ when it comes to domestic opening weekends is another long-awaited sequel from Disney-Pixar: The Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, which pulled in $135 million when it opened in June of 2016. That film went on to bring in a little more than $1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run, placing it second on Pixar's all-time list behind Toy Story 3, which opened to $110.3 million domestically in 2010.
When it comes to superhero films, Incredibles 2's current projections wouldn't even crack the top 10 opening weekends, but it could crack the top 15, falling just under Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's $146.5 million opening last year.
These are just projections, and the film is still nearly a month away from its release, but if these numbers or anything like them hold, this would be a massive summer victory for Pixar after a wave of awards season acclaim for last fall's Coco. In recent years, films like The Good Dinosaur and Cars 3 had some longtime fans worried that one of animation's most reliable hitmakers was losing its touch. While we can't speak to the film itself just yet, Incredibles 2's marketing is doing its job, and audiences are primed to revist the Parr family again. Now we just have to see how much, if at all, these projections change closer to release.
Incredibles 2 hits theaters June 15.