'Super Mario Bros. Movie' Box Office Dominates With A Bang
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie," an animated adventure based on the classic video game, blew away the competition over the long Easter weekend when 'Super Mario Bros. Movie' box office opened with a jaw-dropping $204.6 million in the United States and $377 million around the world.
Rhyley CarneyApr 11, 202358 Shares1062 Views
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie," an animated adventure based on the classic video game, blew away the competition over the long Easter weekend when 'Super Mario Bros. Movie' box officeopened with a jaw-dropping $204.6 million in the United States and $377 million around the world.
These results were much better than expected and even better than the beginnings of some of Universal's biggest franchises from recent years, like "Jurassic World: Dominion" ($145 million domestically) and "Fast and Furious 9" ($70 million). So, don't be surprised if a sequel is announced before you can say "Let's-a go!"
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie" breaks box office records
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie" got off to a strong start at the box office. The movie made more than $200 million in the US and Canada in its first five days, and an estimated $377 million worldwide. This is more than "Frozen 2" made in its first five days, which was the previous record for an animated movie.
It is the biggest global opening of the year, beating out "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania," which opened in February and made $225.3 million. The movie is based on the world of Nintendo's classic "Super Mario" video games from 1985.
Chris Pratt plays Mario, Charlie Day plays Luigi, and Anya Taylor-Joy plays Princess Peach. Head of domestic distribution at Universal, who worked on the release of the movie with Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, head of international distribution at Universal, Jim Orr says,
Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto’s Mario has been a cultural icon that has captivated generations. The Super Mario Bros. Movie brought in an incredibly broad and enthusiastic audience to theaters around the world this weekend.- Jim Orr
Even though "Mario" is based on one of the most popular video games, that doesn't mean that the movie was destined to be a big hit. In fact, the horrible live-action "Super Mario Bros." movie from 1993, which starred Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, has become a famous example of how Hollywood can't adapt video game stories for the big screen.
Even though critics had mixed feelings about the new version, in which Chris Pratt voices Mario, Charlie Day voices Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy voices Princess Peach, and Jack Black voices Bowser, opening weekend audiences loved it and gave it a "A" CinemaScore. In "The Super Mario Bros. Movie," which was directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, plumbers Mario and Luigi from Brooklyn get sucked into the magical Mushroom Kingdom and help stop the bad guy Koopa King from taking over the world.
A sequel is likely to be announced soon by Illumination, its parent company Universal, and Nintendo, which is also a partner. Chris Meledandri's company, Illumination Entertainment, which made Despicable Me and Minions, has won again with Super Mario.
The good start is good news for movie theaters as they head into the summer box office season. The next "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie, which also stars Pratt, starts in May.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie broke a lot of records when it came out over the Easter holiday weekend in North America and 70 other countries. This was a big win for the 'Super Mario Bros. Movie' box office, which is still getting back to normal after the pandemic.
Even the most optimistic predictions were blown away when the movie made $204.6 million in its first five days in the United States (April 5–9). Of that amount, $146.4 million came in over the three-day weekend. Overseas, it made $171 million, giving it an amazing start of $375,6 million worldwide. This is the best start of the year so far in every way.