“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” Sets Several Major Opening Weekend Records

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie set out to introduce a whole new generation of fans to the iconic Nintendo game—and it definitely succeeded. This animated film grossed $377 million worldwide during its opening weekend, setting several major records along the way.

Super Mario exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations when it grossed 204.6 million in North America and 173 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $377.6 million during its opening weekend.

Super Mario stormed past all box office projections and managed to break several opening weekend records. It scored the biggest opening for an animated movie, surpassing Frozen 2, in addition to scoring the biggest opening of 2023 so far and the biggest opening for a video game movie.

Super Mario’s box office numbers are even more impressive considering that the odds weren’t exactly on its side. The film received a lot of backlash for casting Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario, and it was met with mixed reactions upon its release.

In addition to Pratt, the film’s voice cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. The film hit the theatres on April 5, and it will stream on Peacock and Netflix later this year.