Incredibles 2 smashes animated-movie opening weekend record

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"Incredibles 2" earned a record-breaking $18.5 million in Thursday previews alone, causing its debut box office predictions to skyrocket from an an earlier range of $125 million to $140 million. The huge number also gives the movie the fifth-highest opening weekend for any superhero film, after Avengers: Infinity War ($257.6 million), Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million), Black Panther ($202 million), and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million).

The box office showing for "Incredibles 2" is perhaps even more wonderful considering it's a sequel to a movie that came out 14 years ago ― meaning some of the children who saw the first film are now well into adulthood.

The previous animation record-holder was another Pixar sequel, "Finding Dory", which had a $135 million launch in 2016.

The Disney and Pixar film premiered to an estimated $180 million at the domestic box office this weekend.

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A sequel to Bird's hit 2004 film The Incredibles, the film follows the further adventures of the super-powered Parr family trying to balance home life with saving the world and gaining the public's trust.

The film received mixed reviews from critics with a 54 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was also awarded a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

Lewis went on to say that she was not calling for a boycott of Incredibles 2, but she did express concern about the lack of warning notices. The movie earned $51.5 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $231.5 million. Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their voice roles, while Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and Sophia Bush voice new characters. Rather, she just wanted to make sure parents were informed before taking their children who could be affected to see "Incredibles 2".