Nintendo and Illumination Pictures’ The Super Mario Bros Movie is officially the first film of 2023 to surpass $1 billion in box office sales. The movie managed to reach this sales milestone in under a month’s time.
The Super Mario Bros Movie Crosses $1 Billion
According to Variety, The Super Mario Bros Movie is the highest grossing film based on a video game of all time. The movie grossed $1.02 billion in just 26 days, making it the fastest grossing film of 2023 thus far. Additionally, The Super Mario Bros Movie is the highest grossing film of 2023 in the U.S. as of Sunday, April 30. The movie is the fifth release following the start of the coronavirus pandemic to reach the $1 billion mark alongside Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World Dominion and Avatar: The Way of Water.
The Super Mario Bros Movie grossed $490 million in North America and $532 million in international box office sales. On April 28, the film made its long awaited theatrical debut in Japan, which helped propel box office sales past $1 billion. Following the success, Nintendo and Illumination Pictures are expected to team up again in the future for more projects.
Chris Pratt voices Mario in the new film, while Seth Rogen voices Donkey Kong. Pratt and Rogen were joined by Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. Iconic Mario voice actor Charles Martinet made surprise cameo appearances.
After four long years, Nintendo returns to Gamescom in August 2023 to exhibit demos and showcase its latest Nintendo Switch games in Cologne, Germany. Before Gamescom 2023, Nintendo is expected to hold a summer Nintendo Direct, but the company has not revealed any plans yet. Fans may also look forward to Summer Game Fest 2023 for news about Nintendo Switch games from third party partners.
Lastly, The Super Mario Bros Movie is now available in several markets around the world including North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia.