After breaking the box office record for the most successful animated film in its opening weekend, this news will come as little surprise to anyone who’s seen the Super Mario Bros. movies in the past few days. It is now confirmed that the title grossed over $500 million in its first week in cinemas, surpassing both Warcraft and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu to become the biggest grossing video game ever made.
First revealed by Variety, The Super Mario Bros. The Movie has now earned $260.3 million domestically and $248.4 million internationally for a total of $508.7 million. Prior to that, Warcraft took the honor with $439 million, followed closely by Detective Pikachu with $433 million. Super Mario Bros. Movie has already broken that record, and considering it’s only been out for a week, it’ll probably continue to rise.
The film not only dominated the charts for video game adaptations, but also dominated the entire 2023 box office. Of course, not that many blockbuster titles have been released so far this year, but The Super Mario Bros. Movie still surpassed the likes of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to become the highest-grossing film of the year. far. Big hitters like The Little Mermaid and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse may lose ground once in a while, but Nintendo and Illumination can enjoy success for the time being.
Even if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to see this movie. Mario is arguably Nintendo’s biggest and most beloved property after Pokemon, and as soon as it hit theaters, those who went to see it loved it despite the middling reviews. Warcraft’s $439 million in gross revenue wasn’t a staggering sum for either to surpass, and with Illumination, Chris Pratt, Jack Black, and Anya Taylor-Joy all involved, it was pretty much a slam dunk from the start.
That doesn’t mean the film’s achievements are undermined. It’s not that it’s not successful for no reason. It’s an enjoyable, family-friendly film with some standout moments, one of which is Bowser’s love song for Princess Peach, aptly titled ‘Peaches’. In fact, many people pointed out that the song met all the requirements to be nominated for Best Original Song, so we could see the same song appearing at the Oscars. It’s probably going to be a very slow year and you’ll have to climb mountains to really win. But something strange happened at the Oscars.
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