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After seven weekends in theaters and with releases in several major overseas markets still to come, Disney/Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” has hit $1 billion at the global box office, doing so faster than any other animated film in history.
The sequel to Brad Bird’s hit 2004 film is also the 36th film in box office history to hit $1 billion and the seventh animated film to do so, alongside “Frozen,” “Minions,” “Toy Story 3,” “Finding Dory,” “Despicable Me 3,” and “Zootopia.” Of these films, “Frozen” is the all-time record holder with $1.27 billion.
While all these films had a staggered international rollout and hit $1 billion more than two months after their initial release, “Incredibles 2” has made $1 billion in just 47 days, counting Monday’s totals, thanks to unparalleled interest from American audiences. The movie has yet to be released in 14 countries — including Japan, Scandinavia, Italy and Germany — yet it has reached this milestone thanks to a staggering domestic total of $573 million.
That makes “Incredibles 2” only the fourth billion-dollar film to make more than half its grosses from domestic receipts. The others are “The Dark Knight,” “Rogue One,” and earlier this year, “Black Panther.” The animated sequel was ready to shatter the domestic record out of the gates nearly a month ago, as its $182 million opening put it on pace to easily pass the $486 million stateside total for “Finding Dory.”
Disney now lays claim to 18 billion-dollar films on the box office charts, 20 if you include “Avatar” and “Star Wars: Episode I,” which were released by Disney’s latest acquisition, 20th Century Fox. Disney currently holds 35 percent of this year’s domestic box office revenue — 45 percent if you include Fox — and if “Incredibles 2” hits $600 million domestically, the studio will have released four films in the last eight months that have hit that mark along with over $1 billion worldwide, the others being “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Black Panther,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”