The highly anticipated “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” from Illumination and Universal Studios has finally hit theaters, and its opening results have shattered box office records.
Grossing a whopping $204.6 million in the United States and Canada during its 5-day opening, and $146.36 million during the weekend alone, the adaptation of the popular video game has proven to be a massive success.
During its global debut, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” earned an impressive $377.2 million. This impressive feat has set two new records, making it the new US 5-day opening best result, breaking the previous record held by “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009 with $200 million, and the new best global opening among animations, surpassing “Frozen 2” with $358.5 million during its launch in 2019.
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” easily dominated the US box office, with “John Wick 4” coming in second with $14.6 million during the same weekend and a total of $147 million so far. However, it is still $24 million short of matching the result of its predecessor.
Despite positive reviews, “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” didn’t fare as well. After a mediocre start the previous week, the Paramount production suffered a 61% drop in viewership, earning only $14.5 million during its second weekend. Since its release, the $150 million film has only earned $62.2 million in US theaters.
“Air,” a fact-based comedy-drama directed by Ben Affleck, also debuted during the same weekend, earning $20.2 million during its five-day opening in the US. Originally set for an exclusive release on Amazon Prime Video, the film eventually received a wide theatrical release.
In conclusion, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” has exceeded expectations and has proven to be a blockbuster hit. Its opening results have broken records, making it the new champion of the US box office and setting a new global opening record for animated films.
Its success is a testament to the enduring popularity of the Super Mario Bros. franchise and the quality of its adaptation by Illumination and Universal Studios.