It was a night of big wins for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which swept with seven wins. The film was named “Best Animated Feature of 2018” at the 46th Annual Annie Awards. It won in all seven categories in which it was nominated. The film also won for directing, writing, character animation, character design, production design, and editorial.
Incredibles 2 had the most nominations with 11 but only won two awards and Ralph Breaks the Internet had 10 nominations walking away with one award.
Seven wins is impressive but the record for most wins is held by Coco which walked away with 11 Annie wins last year.
The Annie winner goes on to win the Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature” more than 70 percent of the time.
Check out the full set of winners below:
Best Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Best Animated Independent Feature: “Mirai” Best Animated Special Production: “Mary Poppins Returns” Best Animated Short Subject: “Weekends” Best Virtual Reality Production: “Crow: The Legend” Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial: “Greenpeace ‘There’s a Rang-Tan In My Bedroom’” Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children: “Ask the StoryBots,” episode: “How Do Computers Work?” Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children: “Hilda,” episode: “Chapter 1: The Hidden People” Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production: “BoJack Horseman,” episode: “The Dog Days are Over” Best Student Film: “Best Friend”
Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production: “Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters,” episode: “The Eternal Knight Pt. 2” Animated Effects in an an Animated Feature Production: “Ralph Breaks The Internet”
Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Hilda” Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Character Animation in a Live Action Production: “Mary Poppins Returns” Character Animation in a Video Game: “GRIS” Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure” Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Disney Mickey Mouse,” Eddie Trigueros; episode: “Feed the Birds” Directing in an Animated Feature Production: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman and Peter Ramsey
Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Disney Mickey Mouse,” Christopher Willis Music in an Animated Feature Production: “Incredibles 2,” Michael Giacchino
Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Age of Sail” Production Design in an Animated Feature Production: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Disney Mickey Mouse” and “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: “Incredibles 2”
Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “BoJack Horseman,” Will Arnett
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: “Isle of Dogs,” Bryan Cranston
Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Hilda”
Writing in an Animated Feature Production: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: “Big Hero 6: The Series”
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Are you ready for two stories that are fun for all ages? Dark Horse will feature stories from Mojang AB and Microsoft’s MinecraftandDisney• Pixar’s Incredibles 2 for their Free Comic Book Day Silver offering on May 4, 2019! The comic features a gorgeous cover from artist Cassie Anderson.
First, in the world of Minecraft, a heartless griefer runs rampant, but she discovers her actions end up having real world consequences. Writer Hope Larson and artist Meredith Gran bring the world of Minecraft to life in this exciting new story based on the worldwide gaming phenomenon.
Then, in Disney• Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are ready for a date night, but when someone is up to no good, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are determined that this villain will not ruin their parents’ night off! Writer Cavan Scott, artists from Kawaii Creative Studio, colorist Dan Jackson, and Comicraft join forces to give fans a real treat with this new story based on the highest grossing animated feature of all time in North America!
Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Dark Horse encourages its fans to visit their local comic shops on May 4, 2019 to participate in this wonderful event!
While I also have a top and bottom list of the movies of 2018, I love things outside of movies, too. Indeed, so much of what has happened in 2018 has been outside of movies, or blurring the lines between what movies and television even are with Netflix bringing us things like The Ballad of Buster Scruggs or Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the first of whach was originally planned as a tv miniseries, and the latter is just. . . well, what even is Bandersnatch?
So, regardless of medium, here are my Top 5 favorites of everything.
5. Educated: A Memoir
This book hit a lot of lists of the top books of 2018 (including culture critic Barack Obama’s), but it hit especially close to home for me because, like author Tara Westover, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Her story of growing up kept out of public education was too familiar to me, as survivalism and mistrust of public schools were something I encountered too frequently. This is the same anti-intellectual stew that spawned Glenn Beck and the Bundys’ ranch standoff/takeover of the Malheur Bird Refuge. But Westover’s memoir is a testament to what happens when this is taken to the extreme, to the point that as an adult she had never heard of the Holocaust. It’s a great read and my favorite book of the year.
4. Detroit: Become Human
Ok, there may have been “better” games than this in 2018. (God of War, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption II) But this story of a near-future where androids begin to gain sentience and their struggle for equality was my personal favorite. It almost wasn’t a video game– it was an interactive movie.
This is one of those games where the choices you make affect the outcome of the game, and you get to choose the fate of a revolution. Will your quest for equality for androids be violent, or non-violent? What are the consequences for the other characters you’re playing as?
This hit me right in my social-justice and robot-loving heart, and also had beautiful gameplay featuring a spectacular cast of actors.
3. Sorry to Bother You
Spoiler Alert: this was my favorite movie of 2018. First time director Boots Riley delivers a searing indictment of capitalism and racial expectations, exposing a sort of gonzo form of racial exploitation that is a perfect intersectional skewering of the nexus of race and class.
It’s very rare for a movie to surprise me, and this made me literally say to the screen, “What the f@#$?!?!“
This was the only film I gave five stars to all year, and it’s something you have to see to believe.
2. Hannah Gadsby – Nanette
I had never heard of Australian comic Hannah Gadsby before this year, so imagine my shock in watching a Netflix special in which she announces her retirement from comedy and then proceeds to deconstruct what comedy is, blow it up, and put it back together again– all told against the backdrop of a heartbreaking childhood story of coming to terms with her queer identity. I never thought anything could make me feel such a rainbow of emotions over such a short period of time. This wasn’t just a comedy special — in the same way Childish Gambino’s “This is America” wasn’t just a music videos. Those were pop culture grenades tossed into the heart of the beast that blew everything up.
1. The Good Place
More than anything else this year, The Good Place ruled my heart and mind. I have not anticipated a broadcast television show like this in a long time, and in between seasons and episodes so many binges of previous seasons.
The best thing about this show that is sorta about the afterlife but kinda mostly about ethics but really just about us dirtbags here on earth and how we treat each other is how it keeps reinventing itself almost every six episodes or so. The show’s writers seem to be laboring under the idea that at some point the network is going to figure out the scam they’ve been running and pull the plug, so we’d better get through as much of this plot as possible. Where most shows would drag out their premise, this races through multiple setups in a single season. It’s refreshing, it’s smart, but it’s also stupid.
This season’s episodes “Jeremy Bearimy” and “Janets” deserve ALL THE EMMYS, especially for acting from Janet herself, D’Arcy Cardon. If you saw them, you know why. If you didn’t see them, what are you waiting for?! To Netflix! To Hulu! Begin the binge now!
It’s the best show on tv– fight me. It’s the best thing from 2018– let’s be friends and watch it together, will you please? It will make you laugh and feed your soul. Also, it has its own official podcast, hosted by Marc Evan Jackson, who plays Shawn, who ends every episode asking, “What’s good?”
The Good Place. It is good. And the best for 2018.
So, Who Won the Year?
I also like to look back at the year look for threads, throughlines, trends that indicate something. Invariably there are big winners and losers in the year. I want to quickly celebrate the top winners.
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Cage
Despite being somewhere between an internet meme and a pariah, Nick Cage still gets some pretty amazing work this year. His starring role in Mandy is like a cocaine-fueled horror fantasy made in the 80’s and then set to age for three decades soaking in LSD. But then he also showed up in the cartoons in some of the most unexpected places: as Spider-Man Noir in Into the Spider-Verse and as Superman in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. We’re glad to see him working.
Other honorable mentions: Donald Glover, Streaming Services, Steve Carrell, Mahershala Ali, Dolph Lundgren, Michael B. Jordan
This was a good year for cults in movies and tv. Mandy, Bad Times at the El Royale, Wild Wild Country, and Hereditary. Also, the bizarre stories about real life sex cult NXIVM that involved Smallville‘s Allison Mack. So, way to go, cults? At least you have some diversity here– Jesus, Satan, new age, but all of them were big on sex, So, sex cults. Way to win 2018.
4. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
These two not only had an amazing year, but they did it together. Blunt killed it as Mary Poppins, Krasinski brought Jack Ryan back, and then you have their on-screen duo in A Quiet Place. That movie was such a revelation– mostly about how terrible mainstream movie audiences are at making noise. But in a year when almost every top-grossing film was a sequel, franchise, or remake, A Quiet Place was a true original. Thanks to both of you. You won the year.
3. Comicsgate and the Alt-Right
Now hear me out. I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but the alt-right actually accomplished a decent amount this year, and it’s completely unacceptable. James Gunn is still fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Chuck Wendig was fired from Star Wars/Marvel comics. And, they raised a lot of money through crowdfunding for various ventures.
These guys aren’t playing around. And as long as they keep weaponizing things like offensive tweets, we will lose great creators from our favorite genres.
2. Asian Movie-going Audiences
Look, America, we need to understand that most movies aren’t being made for us anymore. We can decry as braindead anything like The Meg, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, Aquaman, Rampage, or Venom, but those movies kill overseas. There are very specific motifs and types of shots that work there that we as American audiences just aren’t picking up. This is going to have reverberations for years to come.
What’s the major difference? You can make a strong argument for diverse casts and female leads — giving us hits like Black Panther or The Last Jedi — but those movies generally just sort of do ok overseas while overperforming in the US.
That says something comforting about our country and culture at this time. But it says some things that should maybe be concerning that we won’t get complex stories like these in the future while we spit out more Venoms.
Perhaps the biggest irony in all of this is the alt right crusaders who don’t want diversity in our movies, shows, and comics will find common cause with the globalists who will continue to churn out lots of braindead action movies starring heroic dudes. Sigh.
But let’s talk about Black Panther for one moment. It’s arguably the most culturally salient and important piece of pop culture of the year, with Infinity War not far behind. For all their evils as a corporate overlord, we got something truly important for a lot of people to see — an authentically black superhero story that deals with identity, a history of violence and oppression towards the African diaspora, and that leaves us remember that “in times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”
When the box office receipts went off the charts, you gave back– founding an actual charity to do the work of STEM education and scholarships like T’Challa and Shuri wanted. Thank you, Disney. For an evil corporation, you sure gave us a lot of what we loved this year. You win.
[tie] 1. The City of Oakland
Speaking of Black Panther, one of the most important pieces of the film is how director Ryan Coogler brought his Oakland roots into the film. That moment when you realize the voiceover from the beginning of the film is of young Erik and his dad N’Jobu (“Tell me a story of home.”) and the entire basis for Killmonger’s wrath is based on the economic oppression of being raised in poverty in Oakland and what he had to do to escape it. It ends with a hopeful note in the same building, that future children will not have to face such hardship. “Who are you?”
I already mentioned my love of Sorry to Bother You, but that film is not possible without Oakland as a backdrop. The same is true of another of my favorites, Blindspotting, which takes a similar look at poverty, gentrification, and violence. And then we have Bodied, the rap battle movie produced by Eminem, which plays a major part in the film, but whose setting is split between Berkeley, Oakland, and Los Angeles. Still, Oakland as a force is in that film.
And then there’s real life. The Golden State Warriors win the NBA Championship. A white woman calls the cops on a black family having a cookout at an Oakland city park at Lake Merritt and becomes known as “BBQ Becky.”
And then heartbreak. The Oakland Raiders plan to leave for Las Vegas looking for more corporate pork and handouts.
To understand what is going on in Oakland in film and culture is to understand a microcosm of what is happening in so many cities across the country facing gentrification and economic pressures that are displacing historically black populations. It is why I recommend to everyone they see each of these films I mentioned here and think about what is actually happening.
It was the battle of the sequels at the weekend box office and early reports have The Equalizer 2 winning the weekend with an estimated $35.8 million. It beat Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! which came in second with an estimated $34.4 million.
The Equalizer 2 topped the opening of the first film which earned $34.1 million for the first weekend. It received an “A” Cinemascore, again beating the originals “A-“. Internationally the film opened in 11 markets bringing in an estimated $3.3 million. The film has a long opening around the world wrapping up in October.
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again also beat its first film by almost $7 million. It received an “A-” Cinemascore with 83% of the opening weekend audience was female. With little competition this summer, the film should do well. It opened in 41 markets and outperformed the original in 34 of those. It brought in $42.4 million for the foreign box office giving it a grand total of $76.8 million after its first weekend. That tops the budget of $75 million.
In third place was last weekend’s champ, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. It earned $23.2 million to bring its domestic gross to $91.1 million. Internationall it added $37.7 million to bring its overseas total to $115.6 million and $206.7 million worldwide. It still has a few openings well into August.
Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped 45% in its third weekend earning an estimated $16.1 million to bring its domestic total to $164.6 million. It earned $21.6 million internationally for an overseas total of $188.9 million and worldwide total of $353.5 million. The film will open in Germany, Austria, and Hungry next weekend, the UK August 2nd, Italy on August 14th, and Japan on August 31st. The film seems to be outpacing the original domestically but internationally we’ll have to wait and see after some of those openings. The UK drove a decent amount of earnings for the original some the comparison is difficult.
Rounding out the top five was Incredibles 2 which brought in $11.5 million to bring its domestic total to $557.3 million. It also earned $36.5 million internationally and worldwide it stands at $940.4 million. This film will be crossing the billion dollar mark.
In other comic films….
Deadpool 2 was #19 for the weekend earning $460,000 to bring its domestic total to $317.1 million and worldwide it has earned $732.9 million.
Avengers: Infinity War was right behind at #20 adding $402,000 to its total to bring it to $676.8 million domestically and $2.043 billion worldwide.
Black Pantheradded $25,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $699.9 million. We’re on our edge to see if it can cross $700 million domestically. Worldwide the film stands at $1.347 billion.
Next weekend sees the opening of a new comic based film, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. This one will be a contender for first though it goes up against Mission Impossible – Fallout. Expect the Titans to come in second with a possible surprise first place.
We’ll be back in an hour for an even deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation won the weekend box office with an estimated $44.1 million. That amount doesn’t include the $1.27 million the film earned through special Amazon Prime member previews June 30th. That’s all a bit short of the second film’s $48.5 million in September 2015. But, with all of the competition, that’s a solid showing for the film.
The movie received an “A-” CinemaScore from the opening day audiences. The film’s audience was 52% female, and 32% was 25 years or older.
That film’s win was Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s loss. That movie dropped a massive 62% from the previous week to come in second place. That’s the second largest second weekend drop for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. It’s the fifth Marvel film to not repeat in first place in its second weekend. The movie earned an estimated $29.1 million to bring its domestic total to $132.8 million. The film also added $35.3 million from 44 markets to push its worldwide total to $283.7 million.
In third place was a debut, Skyscraper. The film earned an estimated $25.5 million which fell short of estimates the film would earn around $30 million. The film also opened in 57 markets to earn $40.4 million for a $65.9 million global debut. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 55% male and 52% was 25 years or older.
Incredibles 2 was in fourth place with an estimated $16.2 million to bring its domestic total to $535.8 million. It passed The Dark Knight to become the ninth largest overall film all-time domestically. The film also added $33.3 million internationally and the grand total of the film stands at $856.9 million.
Rounding out the top five was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which dropped from second place. The film earned an estimated $15.5 million to bring its domestic total to $363.3 million. Internationally the film added $26.7 million pusing its global total to $1.134 billion.
In comic adaptations…
Deadpool 2 came in at #15 bringing in an estimated $800,000 domestically. The film’s domestic total is $316.3 million and worldwide the film has earned $730.8 million.
Avengers: Infinity War came in at #16 with an estimated $588,000 domestically. The total now stands at $676 million. Worldwide the film has brought in $2.041 billion.
Black Panthercame in at #38 with an estimated $14,000 domestically to bring its total to $699.9 million. It no doubt will cross the $700 million mark domestically. Worldwide the film has earned $1.347 billion.
We’ll be back in hour for a deeper dive into this film’s comic film adaptations.
Ant-Man and the Wasp was a winner for Marvel this weekend with an estimated $76 million. That tops the original film which opened with $57.2 million in 2015. That’s the ninth weekend of the year’s 27 that a Marvel film has topped the box office in 2018.
What’s interesting is the film’s Friday was a higher percent for the weekend compared to other Marvel films Friday accounted for 44.5% of the film’s earnings, the highest amount for a Marvel film. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore for the opening weekend, down from the original’s “A.” 55% of the audience was male and 58% was over the age of 25.
Internationally, the film opened in 48% of overseas markets and it earned $85 million for a $161 million worldwide debut.
In second place was Incredibles 2 which earned an estimated $29 million which has it crossing $500 million domestically with $504.4 million. The film debuted in France where it earned an estimated $10.6 million. Worldwide the movie has earned $772.8 million.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came in third with an estimated $28.6 million to bring its domestic total to $333.3 million. The film crossed the billion dollar mark as it has also earned $725.3 milllion. It stand at $1.059 billion worldwide.
In fourth place was another new film, The First Purge which brought in an estimated $17.2 million off of a $13 million budget. Internationally, the film debuted in 26 markets with an estimated $10.9 million. That’s a total of just shy of $42 million so far.
Rounding out the top five was Sicario: Day of the Soldado which brought in an estimated $7.3 million. The film has earned $35.3 million domestically and $43.6 million worldwide.
When it comes to comic film adaptations…
Deadpool 2 rounded up the top 10 with an estimated $1.7 million to bring its domestic total to $314.5 million. The original earned $363.1 million domestically ($387.4 million adjusted for inflation). Worldwide, Deadpool 2 has earned $727.3 million and the original stands at $783.1 million. The budgets are the biggest difference. The original’s was just $58 million while the sequel ballooned to $110 million. The sequel would have to cross well in to $825 million to equal the success of the original.
Avengers: Infinity War was #15 for the week with an estimated $865,000 to bring its domestic total to $674.8 million. The film has also earned $1.364 billion at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $2.039 billion.
Black Pantheris still earning and came in at #30 for the weekend. The film brought in $38,000 for the weekend to bring its domestic total to $699,882,707. It’ll be interesting to see if the film crosses $700 million domestically which would make it only the third film ever to do so (not adjusting for inflation). Worldwide the film has earned $1.347 billion worldwide.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.
It was a repeat at the top of the box office as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the top of the box office with an estimated $60 million, a 59.5% drop from the previous weekend. The film also earned an estimated $56.1 million from 68 international markets. Domestically the film has earned $264.8 million and internationally it has earned $667.6 million for a worldwide total of $932.4 million. It will surely cross $1 billion in the next two weeks. Jurassic World grossed $652.3 million domestically, $1.019 billion at the foreign box office and $1.672 billion worldwide.
In second place was Incredibles 2 which earned an estimated $45.5 million to bring its domestic total to $439.7 million. The film has earned $207.1 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $646.8 million. After this week, the film has passed the original even when adjusted for inflation.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado came in third with an estimated $19 million off of a $35 million budget. That beats expectations and about $7 million more than the first film. That film went on to earn $46.8 million. the film also earned an estimated $8.4 million internationally from 55 markets.
In fourth place was Uncle Drew which earned an estimated $15.5 million. Not bad for a joke spawned in college by a basketball player.
Rounding out the top five was Ocean’s 8 which earned an estimated $8 million domestically and $13.8 million internationally. Domestically it has earned $114.7 million and $95 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $209.7 million.
When it comes to comic film adaptations…
Deadpool 2 dropped to seventh earning an estimated $3.5 million domestically. It has now earned $310.3 million domestically, $408.7 million internationally, and $719.1 million worldwide. The film is $64 million short of the original which was released in 2016.
Avengers: Infinity War came in at #12 which earned $1.4 million domestically. The film has brought in $672.5 million domestically, $1.362 billion internationally, for a grand total of $2.034 billion worldwide. The film is about $34 million short of passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in worldwide grosses.
Black Panther slipped just one spot to come in at #32 and earned an estimated $32,000. The film remains the top grossing domestic film of 2018 with $699.8 million. Internationally the film has earned $646.6 million for a worldwide total of $1.346 billion.
This coming week sees the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp which will most likely top the box office and potentially sets up a third 2018 blockbuster for Marvel this year.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2018’s comic adaptations.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom started strong with an estimated $150 million. It’s the second time every that two different films brought in over $100 million over two consecutive weekends. In 2015 Jurassic World debuted with $208.8 million but with such competition, it’s no surprise that this one opened lower. It also emphasizes the tough box office this year.
In international release, the film is in its third weekend and it added 17 new markets and debuted in first place in 16 of them. It earned an estiamted $106.7 million form 68 markets to bring its overseas total to $561.5 million.
Worldwide the film stands at $711.5 million and will likely cross $1 billion before it’s done.
The film’s audience was 54% male and 44% of the audience aged 25 years and older. It received an “A-” CinemaScore.
In second place was last weekend’s champ Incredibles 2 which dropped 55.7% to bring in an estimated $81 million. Domestically the film has earned $350.4 million after ten days. The film also opened in China, India, and Thailand and brought in $56.8 million from about 44% of the international market. Overseas it has earned $135 million.
Ocean’s 8 earned an estimated $11.7 million to bring its earnings to $100.4 million after three weeks. It debuted in a few international markets where it earned an estimated $26.9 million for an overseas total of $70.6 million and $171 million worldwide.
In fourth place was Tag which brought in an estimated $8.2 million which brings its domestic total to $30.4 million.
Rounding out the top five was Deadpool 2 which held steady in that spot and added an estimated $5.3 million to bring its domestic total to $304.2 million. The film also earned $5.3 million internationally to bring that number to $403 million and $707.2 million worldwide. The original film earned $363.1 million domestically, $420 million overseas and $783.1 million worldwide.
In other comic movie news…
Avengers: Infinity War earned an estimated $2.5 million domestically to bring that number to $669.5 million. With $1.361 billion internationally, the film has earned $2.031 billion so far.
Black Panther was #25 and earned an estimated $74,000 after 19 weeks. Domestically the film has earned $699.7 million, $646.5 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $1.346 billion.
We’ll be back in an hour to do a deeper dive into this year’s comic movie adaptations.
The Incredibles 2 was, well, incredible at the weekend box office. The film had an amazing opening shattering the previous record for the opening of an animated film but it’s also one of the top ten openings of all-time.
Incredibles 2 earned an estimated $180 million which beat Finding Dory‘s $135 million opening, the previous best opening for an animated film. That total is te eighth largest opening of all time beating 2016’s Captain America: Civil War‘s $179.1 million.
Internationally, the brough in an estimated $51.5 million from about 26% of the international market. That’s a global total of $231.5 million.
The film earned an “A+” CinemaScore and everything says this film will likely cross $500 million domestically.
Ocean’s 8dropped to second place with an etimated $19.6 million to bring its domestic total to $79.2 million and $116.3 million worldwide so far.
Tag debuted in third place with an estimated $14.6 million. The film was slightly below expectations. Internationally the film eaned $1.4 million in seven markets.
In fourth place was Solo: A Star Wars Story which earned an estimated $9.1 million to bring its domestic total to $192.8 million. Internationally the film earned $5.2 million to bring its worldwide total to $339.5 million.
Rounding out the top five was Deadpool 2 which earned an estimated $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $294.7 million. The film also added $9.8 million internationally and has now earned $689.5 million worldwide. The film is now withing $100 million of the original. It’s overperforming the original overseas where it has earned 57.3% of its grosses compared to 53.6% for the original.
In other comic movie news…
Avengers: Infinity War came in at #8 for the weekend adding an estimated $5.3 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $644.2 million domestically. The film crossed the $2 billion mark, the fourth film ever to do so, and has earned $2.020 billion.
Black Panther slipped one spot to come in at #26 and added $147,000 to bring its domestic total to $699.6 million after 18 weeks. Worldwide the film has earned $1.346 billion.
We’ll be back in an hour to dive deeper into the numbers of 2018’s comic film adaptations.
14 years is a long time between films and I would wait that length again and again if it meant I continued to get more films based on the Incredibles. Incredibles 2 is the rare sequel that improves upon the first in every way. The topics broached, the animation, the action, the humor, the family dynamic, even the end credits, they all come together for an even stronger film.
The Incredibles to me is one the best superhero films out there. It takes familiar characters and situations and improves upon them all with a nice little twist on fandom. A not so veiled spin on the Fantastic Four, the Pixar film out marvel’s Marvel. The family dynamic, the situations, the powers, it’s all just so good. So, I was nervous going in to this sequel and walking out I immediately bought tickets to see it again.
The movie is beyond self-aware packing in so much with a lot to say. That’s what happens when you wait 14 years to talk I guess. While sequels tend to suffer when they go bigger, this is the rare case when bigger is better.
The film picks up from the end of the original and goes from there. It riffs on Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War while also taking on politicians, gender roles, media and technology, and more. There’s a lot to take in and it’s a film you can spend hours discussing after. What’s better is, like other Pixar films, you can go in and just enjoy it.
The opening of the film is where the first signs of improvement come in with animation that just looks better. The lighting, the action, it’s an opening statement that the film is taking advantage of what’s been learned between the two and has no problems using the latest technology.
What’s interesting though is that the politics of the film are up front and center. The basics of the story is that superheroes are still outlawed but there’s a plan to turn that legislation over and Elastigirl is put out there to show superheroes can do great things. Mr. Incredible isn’t digging that as much as he wants to get out there and be a hero too. Instead, he has to take care of the kids. And that leads to jealousy as his wife is supporting the family. The fragility of men, woman empowerment, gender roles, these are all very important aspects of the film and all of it is dealt with intelligently. The film some how seems to address both the women can kick-ass crowd in Elastigirl as well as white working class America in Mr. Incredible.
Our use of technology is also addressed in the villain Screenslaver who uses screens to enslave individuals. But, at times it’s technology that helps save the day too. It’s an interesting dynamic and there’s hours of thought to be decompressed and dissected.
There’s also an introduction to the superhero world as a whole. New characters are introduced and every one seems to riff on existing ones with a dose of humor about it all. Usually when we see so much introduced it falls flat but here every character has a use and a moment that makes their inclusion more than welcomed.
The film brings a massive amount of humor along with the action with that mostly focused on Jack-Jack who’s coming in to his powers. The moments are great and the character is a driver in many ways of the shaken up family dynamic. What should Mr. Incredible tell his wife? Can he handle being the main caregiver? Again, a lot to dissect.
The film is just… incredible. The music, the end credits, this is just a fantastic film and one that I want to watch again and again. We’ll hopefully get more and hopefully it’ll be sooner than 14 years but if whatever comes next is this good, I’m more than happy to wait.