Nintendo, Illumination Entertainment, and Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie powered up to another domestic box office milestone.
Per Variety, the animated video game adaptation became one of only 19 films to earn over $500 million at the domestic box office. Super Mario Bros. earned $18.5 million from just under 4,000 North American theaters in its fifth week in theaters, putting the film just behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at the domestic box office, which opened to $116 million.
At the time of writing, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is the highest-grossing movie of 2023, with a domestic tally of $518 million and a $1.15 billion cume globally. The film was not only the first Illumination release to cross a domestic box office total of $500 million but is now the fifth-biggest animated movie ever, just ahead of Toy Story 4, which earned a global total of $1.07 billion. Additionally, it is the second-ranking animated release worldwide since 2019, just behind Illumination/Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru.
Super Mario Bros. Breaks Box Office Records
Upon its release, Super Mario Bros. broke a box office record in its first weekend, earning $55 million on its first Friday in theaters, making it the “biggest one-day [box office] gross for [any] movie” so far in 2023, according to box office analysts. This number surpassed the opening day earnings of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which pulled $46.4 million, including Thursday previews. The big-screen adaptation of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video game series was originally projected to earn a worldwide gross of $225 million, with about $125 million of that total from 4,000 theaters in North America (including the US and Canada).
The earnings for The Super Mario Bros. Movie bode well for a film that initially received negative responses and low expectations from fans of the Nintendo franchise, particularly with regard to Chris Pratt’s performance as the titular plumber. Super Mario Bros. has so far garnered positive reactions from fans and critics, however, with many finally accepting Pratt as the voice of Mario.
“I totally get it, man,” Pratt recently said of the fan response. “There’s a passionate fan base and I’m one of the fans. I get it. Mostly, people don’t want something like this to get screwed up.” Along with Pratt, the film also stars Charlie Day as Luigi, Mario’s brother Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Jack Black as Bowser and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad.
Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now in theaters.
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