April 15, 2023

Box Office: ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Keeps Winning With Impressive 45% Projected Drop


Mamma mia! “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is staying on top at the domestic box office.

The Universal release added a commanding $22.6 million on Friday from 4,371 theaters. After achieving the biggest opening weekend of the year, “Mario Bros.” actually added 28 more locations in its sophomore outing.

The Universal, Illumination and Nintendo co-production is now projecting an $80 million gross for the three-day frame, which would mark an impressive 45% drop from its $146 million opening weekend. e.

On Friday, “Super Mario Bros.” crossed the $500 million mark globally. The film is now the highest-grossing release of 2023 so far and the biggest video game adaptation in history.

Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” features the voices of Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy and Jack Black as the iconic Nintendo characters. It carries a production budget of $100 million. The film received mixed reviews, with 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman hailed it as “a digital fairy tale that connects.”

Meanwhile, Universal’s monster movie “Renfield” is debuting this weekend in 3,375 theaters. The Dracula film — starring Nicolas Cage as the famed vampire and Nicholas Hoult as his titular henchman — earned $3.1 million on Friday. “Renfield” is expected to make $7.5 million in its first weekend in theaters — no match for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” The vampire flick is also competing with horror movie “The Pope’s Exorcist,” starring Russell Crowe, which is similarly on track to earn $8 million this weekend.

More to come…


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