Elsewhere, no one mobs John Travolta’s ‘Gotti,’ while the Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner comedy ‘Tag’ can’t crack $15 million.
Pixar has done it again.
Over the weekend, Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 flew to a record-shattering $180 million from 4,410 theaters at the domestic box office, blowing past all expectations. Not only did the sequel score the biggest launch ever for an animated film — Pixar’s Finding Dory was the previous champ with $135 million — it scored the eighth-biggest opening of all time, not adjusted for inflation.
Incredibles 2, about a lovable family of superheroes, also danced past Beauty and the Beast ($174.6 million) to boast the biggest debut in history for a PG-rated family title. Overseas, it debuted to a stellar $51.5 from its first 25 markets for a global bow of $231.5 million.
The sequel is the 20th movie from the storied animation studio. It also is the first Pixar release to hit theaters after Disney announced last week that animation chief and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter will exit the studio at the end of the year.
Every single Pixar film has earned some variation of an A CinemaScore, and Incredibles 2 was no exception in garnering an A+. The first Incredibles, released 14 years ago on the big screen, likewise earned a perfect A+.
Incredibles 2 surely benefited from pent-up demand. It is the first animated film of the summer season, and opens in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which failed to galvanize moviegoers in a major way. Disney and Lucasfilms’ Solo finished the weekend with a disappointing global cume of $339.5 million, making it unlikely that the Star Wars installment will earn much more than $350 million all in. Conversely, Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War delivered another victory as it overtook Titanic domestically. Infinity War finished Sunday with a North American total of $664.2 million, compared to $659.4 million for Titanic, not adjusted for inflation.
Brad Bird returned to Incredibles 2, while Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger reprise their voice roles. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini.
Outside of Incredibles 2, the weekend was decidedly mixed. New Line’s male-led, R-rated ensemble comedy Tag earned $14.6 million from 3,383 theaters in its debut, becoming the latest R-rated comedy to do muted buisness.
Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Hannibal Buress star in the movie as childhood friends who, as grown men, continue to play an annual game of tag.
Tag, placing No. 3, wasn’t able to beat fellow Warner Bros. offering Ocean’s 8, which placed No. 2 in its sophomore outing with $19.6 million for a 10-day domestic total of $79.2 million. The female-led spinoff fell more than expected, or 54 percent, possibly because of competition from Tag. Both films played to older audiences, while Tag turned out to be a bigger draw among women (51 percent) then men.
Sony’s Superfly failed to impress, earning an estimated $8.4 million in its five-day debut to come in No. 7. At the same time, the film cost a modest $16 million to produce.
Helmed by Director X, the music-centric movie includes original songs from Future, who is also a producer alongside Joel Silver. Superfly stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Jennifer Morrison, and centers on a career criminal that desperately tries to escape the Atlanta drug scene.
Opening in far fewer theaters was Gotti, starring John Travolta as the infamous mobster, John Gotti.
While Gotti didn’t out-and-out bomb, it failed to impress, grossing a medicore $1.6 million from 503 theaters despite Travolta’s star status and a stop at the Cannes Film Festival, among other high-profile promotions. That’s the lowest opening of Travolta’s career for a movie rolling out across the country, although comparisons are tough because of Gotti‘s smaller footprint.
Kevin Connolly (Entourage) directed the indie film, which also stars Kelly Preston, Travolta’s real-life wife, and Stacy Keach.
Gotti — which currently sports a 0 rating on Rotten Tomatoes — endured its own drama in getting to the big screen. Lionsgate was originally set to release the film, but the producers wanted a full-fledged theatrical release, so they took back the rights. Sunrider and Vertical Entertainment, along with the controversial subscription service MoviePass, are partners on the film.
The big winner overseas over the weekend was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which debuted to a rousing $111.9 million in China for an early foreign total of $370 million. The Unviersal and Amblin tentpole unfurls in North America on June 22.