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It was a heroic weekend for Incredibles 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s animated superhero featureThe Incredibles.

The film from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios raked in a massive $180 million over the three-day weekend, passing the $135 million premiere for 2016’sFinding Doryand makingIncredibles 2the new record-holder for animated features’ opening weekends. The film also set a new opening weekend record for “G” and “PG”-rated films, surpassing last year’s live-actionBeauty and the Beast ($174.7 million), and came in eighth on the list of the biggest opening weekends of all time in U.S. theaters, just ahead of 2016’sCaptain America: Civil War.

The film’s big debut was matched by equally impressive reviews, with professional critics giving it a 94-percent approval rating and general audiences giving it an “A+” grade — just the seventh film to have received that grade. Given all of these factors working in its favor, there’s a very good chance thatIncredibles 2could become the highest-grossing animated feature of all time, and could be well on its way to a spot among the most successful movies of any genre.

#TitleWeekend U.S. TotalWorldwide Total
1.Incredibles 2$180M$180M$231.5M
2.Ocean’s 8$19.5M$79.1M$116.2M
4.Solo: A Star Wars Story$9M$192.8M$339.5M
5.Deadpool 2$8.8M$294.6M$689.5M
8.Avengers: Infinity War$5.2M$664.1M$2.01B
10.Book Club$1.8M$62M$62M

Two more new releases cracked the top ten films of the weekend, but none of them came close to making the sort of headlines thatIncredibles 2generated.

The “R”-rated comedyTag slightly outperformed expectations with a $14.6 million premiere, while action remakeSuperflyunderwhelmed with just $6.3 million. The two films received nearly identical assessments from critics and audiences, with both settling for lukewarm professional reviews in the 50-percent positive range and a good (but not great) “B+” audience grade.

As for the rest of the weekend’s films, the race is still on for Marvel Studios’ two blockbusters of the year, with Black Pantherand Avengers: Infinity Warstill filling seats and vying for supremacy both in their cinematic universe and the box-office record books.

Black Panther andInfinity War are currently third and fourth among the highest-grossing movies of all time domestically, withBlack Panther ahead by just $35 million. Both films are also in the top ten of the highest-grossing films of all time worldwide, withInfinity War currently in fourth place and closing in on third-place movieStar Wars: The Force Awakens. (Black Panther is currently in ninth place, just behind fellow Marvel movieAvengers: Age of Ultron.)

Although ticket sales forBlack Pantherhave slowed a bit domestically,Infinity War is still chugging along and looks like it still has a few records left to break.

This upcoming week is all about the return of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is looking like yet another record-breaker in the making. Three years ago,Jurassic World tallied a $208.8 million premiere to bring the Jurassic Park franchise roaring back into the record books, and early reviews ofFallen Kingdom have been extremely positive. Given the family-friendly nature ofIncredibles 2, that film isn’t likely to be impacted all that much by the premiere of Fallen Kingdom, but some of the other genre films in theaters might get a bite taken out of their ticket sales.

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