'Incredibles 2' makes heroic N. America box office debut

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 18 2018 06:37 AM

Actor and director Brad Bird, and actors Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson pose at the premiere for the movie "Incredibles 2" at El Capitan theatre in Los Angeles, California, US, June 5, 2018. Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

LOS ANGELES - "Incredibles 2," the long-awaited return of a quirky animated superhero family from Disney-Pixar, reigned supreme at the North American box office, raking in a record $180 million in its debut, industry estimates showed Sunday.

It was the highest ever opening for an animated film in the US and Canada, easily besting the $135 million debut of its Disney-Pixar stablemate, "Finding Dory" (2016).

The film tells the story of the Parr family -- matriarch Helen (Holly Hunter) is called upon to help bring the world's hiding superheroes back into the open, as husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day work of being a homemaker.

Their children Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) are back again, along with baby Jack-Jack, whose devastating super powers are about to be unleashed.

In second place was female heist flick "Ocean's 8," which followed up on a big opening by earning $19.6 million in its second week, according to Exhibitor Relations.

With an all-star cast led by Sandra Bullock and supported by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna, the Warner Bros. sequel was Hollywood's latest experiment -- after "Ghostbusters" -- in replacing an all-male cast with female stars.

The film stars Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (originally played by George Clooney), as she assembles a gang of talented women to plan a seemingly impossible diamond heist from the Met Gala in New York.

Adult comedy "Tag" opened in third place at $14.6 million. It tells the story of childhood pals (led by Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner) who keep up a game of cross-country tag for decades, sometimes playing at the oddest of moments.

Fourth place went to "Solo: A Star Wars Story," starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling space pilot first played by Harrison Ford. The Disney film took in $9.1 million, and nearly $200 million overall in North America.

Fifth place went to R-rated superhero flick "Deadpool 2" at $8.8 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Hereditary" ($7.0 million)

"Superfly" ($6.3 million)

"Avengers: Infinity War" ($5.3 million)

"Adrift" ($2.1 million)

"Book Club" ($1.85 million)