The Super Mario Bros. Movie broke multiple records in its opening throughout North America and 70 other markets over the long Easter holiday weekend, marking a significant victory for the movie office as it continues to level off in the wake of the pandemic.
Even the most optimistic projections were blown out of the water by the film’s $204.6 million domestic opening ($5-9) total, which included $146.4 million for the three-day weekend.
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With a staggering international start of $375.6 million after receiving $171 million from overseas, it had the strongest performance of the year thus far on all fronts.
Frozen 2 by Walt Disney Animation, which debuted in theaters worldwide in November 2019 and earned $358 million just before the COVID-19 issue broke, was bypassed by Super Mario.
The pandemic era’s fourth-highest-grossing animated film is already Super Mario, with Universal taking all four slots. (the studio owns both Illumination and DreamWorks Animation).
The ranking is headed by Minions: The Rise of Gru ($942.5 million), then Puss in Boots: The Last Wish ($480.4 million), and Sing 2 ($412.8 million). Mario might be the first movie to gross $1 billion in 2023 if things continue this way.
The humorous adventure outperformed Finding Dory ($135.1 million) from Pixar to finish second only to Incredibles 2 ($183 million) among the top weekend openings.
Despite recent successes, such Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog series, Hollywood has always struggled with the genre. Having a three-day domestic debut of $72.1 million, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 previously held the top spot among video game adaptations for best openings.
Super Mario outperformed Warcraft ($210 million) in like-for-like markets to earn the highest global debut of any video game adaptation. Sonic 2’s foreign release was staggered, making comparisons impossible.
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Super Mario managed to surpass Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which had a global opening weekend gross of $225.3 million, featuring $106.1 million in North America and $117.1 million elsewhere.