Incredibles 2 makes heroic North America box office debut

Elastigirl becomes a solo superhero in Incredibles 2.
Elastigirl becomes a solo superhero in Incredibles 2.PHOTO: DISNEY-PIXAR

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - 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 US$180 million (S$243 million) in its debut, industry estimates showed Sunday (June 17).

It was the highest ever opening for an animated film in the US and Canada, easily besting the US$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 US$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 US$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 US$9.1 million, and nearly US$200 million overall in North America.

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

Rounding out the top 10 were: Hereditary (US$7.0 million) Superfly (US$6.3 million) Avengers: Infinity War (US$5.3 million) Adrift (US$2.1 million) Book Club (US$1.85 million)