The $170-million 3-D film, starring
Internationally, the sequel was also highly successful, generating $207.1 million in its first 10 days overseas.
"It's extraordinary," said Dave Hollis, Disney's head of distribution. "The response has been fantastic ... coming out in April and setting a record is truly a great thing."
The film, which opened in 3,938 locations in the U.S., got an A on CinemaScore and 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience was made up of mostly men (64%), people over 25 years of age (57%) and couples (58%).
Hollis partially attributes the success to the film's universal story line.
"There's a contemporary feel with the overall story," he said. "It's not just an action movie but a character story."