“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” Shatters Box Office Records With Historic $377 Opening

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There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and its box office numbers are more impressive than anyone expected. This movie grossed $377 million worldwide and shattered several box office records during its historic opening weekend.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie managed to overcome mixed reviews and controversy surrounding Chris Pratt’s casting as Mario to earn a worldwide total of $377.6 million, including 204.6 million in North America and 173 million in other territories.

This marks the biggest opening for an animated movie in history, breaking the record previously held by Frozen 2 with $358 million. Super Mario also scored the biggest opening for a video game adaptation and the biggest opening for a movie released in 2023 so far.

Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX, praised the studios behind this project for building the hype for its theatrical release and bringing the audiences back to the theaters.

“Illumination and Universal did an excellent job launching this new franchise, building on the great momentum we’re seeing at the global box office as a very promising summer blockbuster season approaches,” said Gelfond in a statement.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie premiered on April 5, and it will be available for streaming on Peacock and Netflix later this year.