That’s a lot more than Six Golden Coins
Universal’s smash-hit flick The Super Mario Bros Movie is now officially the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, having bagged an incredible $677 million USD at the global box office in just its first two weeks of release.
The Illumination-produced feature, which stars Chris Pratt as the iconic Nintendo mascot, had already surpassed a $500 million box office by the midway point of last week, but has since gone on to record another amazing weekend, pushing the numbers up by over $100 million, surpassing Marvel’s latest endeavor, Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, to become the highest-grossing film of 2023 so far.
Additionally, The Super Mario Bros Movie has also topped the box office for both Warner Bros.’ 2019 release, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, as well as Universal’s own 2016 feature, Warcraft, to officially become the biggest video game movie ever. And given that we are a mere two weeks into Mario & Co.’s box office busting, the number-crunchers are eagerly anticipating the possibility that the film may eventually hit the platinum prestige of a one billion dollar box office.
As I’ve noted before, the Hollywood bigwigs own the most easily turned of heads, and it would not be a surprise to see an absolute plethora of video game adaptations greenlit in the coming 10 years, to what, I’m sure, will be varying reward.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now showing at European and U.S. theatres. It will open in Japan April 28. You can check out our own CJ Andriessen’s thoughts on the film in our review.