Box office review for the week of April 30

The movie Super Mario Bros. is the first billion-dollar movie of 2023. Despite mixed reviews from critics, audiences ignored word of mouth and continuously showed up for the biggest hit of the year so far, which has now grossed over $1.022 billion worldwide. It’s still not the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, but it’s the highest-grossing video game movie of all time.

I wonder if a ‘tentpole’ superhero movie this year will hit that coveted billion and give The movie Super Mario Bros. a race for his money. However, this seems very unlikely (even if Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 is poised to take the top spot this weekend). I feel like the next billion dollar movie will be The little Mermaidwhich is set to open BIG on Memorial Day weekend, with an even bigger count than 2019 Aladdin (which ended up grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office).

This week has been pretty diverse in terms of new theatrical content. Unfortunately, Big George Foreman: The miraculous story of the former and future world heavyweight champion (this title is certainly a mouthful) and Polite society both tanked at the box office. While Big George Foreman did not receive good reviews, critics praised Polite company since its premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival. Unfortunately, the film barely made an impact and ended in fifteenth place, with a lousy tally of $800,000 from 927 theaters.

A reissue of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi made more money at fewer theaters, grossing over $4.6 million from 475 theaters. Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two also made more money than Polite society in fewer theaters, earning more than $3.8 million from 600 theaters. Like its predecessor, the film had a limited release in select IMAX theaters in Tamil and Hindi.

However, it made less money than the first part, which became the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2022 and the second-highest-grossing Tamil film of all time. The sequel has already grossed over 100 crore worldwide and might be one of the highest grossing Tamil movies of all time.

It was also a big week for Lionsgate, which released two movies over the weekend in addition to the hit John Wick: Chapter 4 currently brings to the studio. Kelly Fremon Craig’s Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. opened with a tremendous tally of $6.8 million, signaling that there is indeed an appetite for coming-of-age stories on the big screen. On the other hand, Jalmari Helander Sisu opened in tenth place with a rather unimpressive tally of $3.2 million, especially with the incredible buzz it’s been generating since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Still, the choice of movies this weekend was varied, ranging from an Indian historical epic, a cast member’s 90-minute exploitation/midnight madness, to a coming-of-age adaptation of a popular book by Judy Blume.

Here is the full list of the top ten films of the week:

  1. The movie Super Mario Bros. (Universal): $40 million (-33.3%) – 4,204 theaters
  2. Evil Dead Rise (Warner Bros): $12.2 million (-50.2%) – 3,417 theaters
  3. Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. (Lionsgate): $6.8M – 3,343 theaters
  4. John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate): $5M (-14.4%) – Theater info unavailable
  5. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (Disney): $4.6 million – 475 theaters
  6. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Thieves (Paramount): $4.0 million (-25.5%) – 2,709 theaters
  7. Air (Amazon Studios): $3.9M (-27%) – 2,402 theaters
  8. Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two (Lyca Productions): $3.8 million – 600 theaters
  9. The deal (MGM): $3.6 million (-43.3%) – 2,631 theaters
  10. Sisu (Lionsgate): $3.2M – 1,006 theaters

Source: Box Office Mojo

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