Super Mario Bros. is currently the top North American film, reportedly making a whopping $58.2 million in its third weekend alone, BoxOfficeMojo.com proclaimed Sunday.
The movie version of the classic Nintendo video game pulled in an even bigger $92.5 million during its second-weekend premiere and is set to reach $1 billion at the global box office, according to Fox News.
Other movies that have recently done well include Evil Dead Rise, at $23.5 million, The Covenant at $6.3 million, John Wick: Chapter 4 at $5.8 million and Dungeons & Dragons at $5.4 million.
Below that is Air at $4.9 million, The Pope’s Exorcist at $3.3 million, Renfield at $3.1 million, Beau is Afraid at $2.8 million, and Suzume at $1.7 million.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Comscore reportedly found that the movie ended up leading the seventh-largest second-weekend premiere of all time.
Should it reach the billion-dollar place, The Super Mario Bros. Movie will only be beaten out by Avatar: The Way of Water ($2.31 billion), Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.92 billion) and Top Gun: Maverick ($1.49 billion).
“As Mario continues his amazing cinematic journey, audiences clearly want to go along for the ride, and with an epic second weekend boasting one of the smallest drops for a movie opening with over $100 million domestically, the film is dominating the movie marketplace, redefining the box office potential for a video game movie adaptation and setting the stage for a perfect summer movie season,” commented Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore.
Makers of the film are making no efforts to keep the smashing success a secret, as was seen in a Twitter post they put up last week, referring to it as “the biggest movie in the world.”
The audience has spoken.#SuperMarioMovie pic.twitter.com/R7vVFfeAor
— The Super Mario Bros. Movie (@supermariomovie) April 18, 2023
Nintendo commemorated the film’s release earlier this month with a drone show displayed in Santa Monica, California.
Nintendo put together a massive drone show in Santa Monica to promote the Super Mario Bros. movie. pic.twitter.com/npBxuWPXsS
— T (@Rifleman4WVU) April 16, 2023
Mario is notably voiced by well-known Hollywood actor Chris Pratt.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been far more successful than some other recently released animated movies, including Disney’s Lightyear and Strange World, which both featured gay movie scenes and completely flopped at the box office.