Unstoppable. The most popular plumber of the moment, and the box office hero. The Super Mario Bros. Movie shattered box office records on its debut, and its legend continues to grow. Ever since the beloved Mario hit the start button in theaters, the money hasn’t stopped rolling in, like the coins scattered throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. The animated film from Nintendo and Illumination hit $1 billion at the box office last Sunday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, only four other movies have managed to achieve this goal, but The Super Mario Bros. Movie is the only animated movie, along with Avatar: The Way of the Water. The rest are big blockbusters like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World Dominion. Of all the money collected, $490 million belongs to the United States alone, while $523 million was earned at overseas markets.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie, a hit since its premiere
Produced by Universal Pictures, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is the highest-grossing animated feature film in history. With a debut gross of more than $377 million, it surpassed Disney’s Frozen 2 for the top spot. It also became the best opening for a video game movie adaptation, surpassing Warcraft.
The story begins with Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) in Brooklyn. They are both working on an underground tunnel burst when they stumble upon a mysterious green pipe that leads them directly to the Mushroom Kingdom, where they are separated. Mario must use his heroic skills to rescue his brother and keep peace in the kingdom, where the evil King Bowser is planning a coup with all his forces.
Super Mario Bros. The Movie was released exclusively in theaters on April 5. A domestic release date has not yet been officially announced.
Source | Variety