(The Herald Post) – The Super Mario Bros. Movie, featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Anya-Taylor Joy, and Jack Black, emerged as the box office champion over the Eastern weekend, setting a new record for the highest-grossing opening for an animated film. The movie collected a staggering $377 million worldwide, with $204.6 million from the domestic market and $173 million from 70 overseas territories.
This animated adaptation of the iconic Nintendo franchise now holds the title for the biggest opening weekend for a video game-based film, surpassing Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s previous record of $71 million. The Super Mario Bros. Movie also dethrones Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as the highest-grossing film of 2023, whose opening weekend brought in $249.7 million globally.
Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the film is a collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination, the animation studio behind the Despicable Me and Minions franchises. The star-studded cast also features Charlie Day as Luigi, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong.
Jack Black, who voices the villainous Bowser, expressed his pride in the project during the film’s Los Angeles premiere, highlighting the use of beloved Nintendo characters and Easter eggs that will excite gaming enthusiasts. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now playing in theaters worldwide and will premiere in Japan on April 28.