Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has been out for a grand total of one day, and it has already started breaking box-office records, having posted returns of $18.5 million on Thursday night, which makes it the highest opening debut ever for an animated movie.
This number eclipses the previous record for an animated movie, set by Pixar’s Finding Dory in 2016, which posted a then-record debut of $9.2 million.
Those numbers bear good tidings for the box-office of Incredibles 2, which has been forecast to gross between $125 million and $140 million this weekend. The current record holder for best opening weekend for an animated film is, you guessed it, Finding Dory, which launched in 2016 with a take of $135 million.
The news of Incredibles 2′s record take shouldn’t be a surprise, considering that it has already broken Fandango’s pre-sales record, having been named Most Anticipated Film of the Year according to their summer movie poll.
Incredibles 2 currently carries a Fresh rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. It picks up directly after the events of the first film, with the Parr’s struggling to adjust to their double lives as normal people vs superheroes.
The film was written and directed by Brad Bird, who is best known directing the first Incredibles film, as well as Pixar’s Ratatouille, and the Iron Giant, and features an all-star class that includes the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and Isabella Rossellini.