The Super Mario. Bros Movie Sets All-Time Global Opening Record For Animated Films


It certainly was a popular weekend for our favorite plumbers, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has crushed the competition with a jaw-dropping $204 Million Domestic and $377 Million Global Debut.

The results far exceed expectations and even surpassed recent installments in Universal’s biggest franchises, like Jurassic World Dominion ($145 Million) and Fast and Furious 9 ($70 Million). It blew the mind of Universal’s president of domestic distribution, Jim Orr.

“The box office just kept growing and growing, it’s a tremendous worldwide debut, and the movie has a clear runway.”

Jim Orr, Universal’s President Of Domestic Distribution

Let’s break down the new records that have moviegoers and videogame fans rejoicing the Super Mario Bros success at the Box Office:



  • The Highest-Grossing Debut of 2023, surpassing Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania at $106.1 Million
  • Biggest Five-Day (Wednesday-Sunday), overtaking 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at $200 Million.
  • The Highest-Grossing debut for Illumination, beating 2015’s Minions and its three-day opening weekend of $115.7 Million.
  • Second Biggest-Debut ever for an animated film, outpacing Walt Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory (Three-Day Opening Weekend Debut of $135.1 Million), and Incredibles 2 (Three-Day Debut of $183 Million)
  • The Highest-Debut for a Video Game Adaption, outranking Paramount and SEGA’s 2022 Sequel film, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 at $72.1 Million.


  • Biggest Opening of 2023, Ahead of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania at $117.1 Million.
  • Second-Biggest Animated Opening of All-Time, behind Frozen 2 at $228.2 Million
  • Biggest Illumination Opening of All-Time
  • Biggest Video Game Opening of All-Time
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Entertainment Earth AD


  • Biggest Opening of 2023: Bringing Down Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania at $225.3 Million.
  • Highest Illumination Opening Of All-Time: Passing 2013’s Despicable Me 2 at $208 Million.
  • Biggest Video Game Opening of All-Time: Eclipsing 2016’s Warcraft at $210 Million.
  • Highest Animated Opening Weekend Ever at IMAX with $21.6 Million.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures/Illumination/Nintendo

While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Chris Pratt; Jurassic World and The LEGO Movie franchises) and brother Luigi (Charlie Day; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) are transported down a mysterious pipe and wander into a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi.

Source: Variety

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