Over its debut Easter Weekend The Super Mario Bros. Movie grossed $204.6 million in domestic box office. That record beats 2022’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 total domestic gross of $190 million.
After debuting with the second biggest opening weekend for an animated film (following Incredibles 2), and certainly the biggest for a video game movie, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has already become the highest-grossing video game movie in the USA.
With a budget of around $100 million, it’s a huge win for Universal Pictures, Illumination, and Nintendo, surpassing many forecasters’ highest expectations. The film opened on a Wednesday, and beat the previous record for best five-day opening (previously held by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen from 2009).
In fact, $204 million puts the Mario movie just outside the company’s list of top 25 highest-grossing films of all time (US), which includes the Jurassic Park/World series, the Fast & Furious franchise, and the Despicable Me and Minions series. And Mario still has many more weekends ahead of it!
On the worldwide box office scale, The Super Mario Bros. Movie currently ranks at #6 all-time for game-based movies, raking in a total of $377 million. It only needs about $60 million to become #1, passing 2016’s Warcraft, which it should easily be able to do with another weekend.
With these numbers, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is on track to become 2023’s first $1 billion dollar movie. Rest assured, a sequel is definitely happening!
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, and stars Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, and Jack Black. It’s rated PG.