The movie Super Mario Bros. remained atop the domestic box office for the fourth straight weekend, grossing $40 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters as the film’s worldwide totals eclipsed $1 billion, studio estimates revealed Sunday.
The Nintendo video game adaptation, which stars the voices of Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day and Jack Black, dominated April in theaters, breaking records along the way.
Over the weekend it faced few new competitors, though that will change next week when Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins the summer movie schedule and should move Mario to the side.
The studios spent the last week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas promoting upcoming blockbusters and promising big summer box office returns.
The movie Super Mario Bros. was estimated to easily cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office on Sunday, making it the 10th animated film to reach the milestone and the first since 2019.
The latest: The Super Mario Bros. Movie. remained atop the domestic box office for the fourth straight weekend, grossing $40 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters as the film’s worldwide totals eclipsed $1 billion, studio estimates revealed Sunday. Chris Pratt and Charlie Day provide the respective voices of Mario and Luigi
With a domestic total of $490 million to date, international sales are even stronger. The animated version of Illumination grossed $68.3 million overseas over the weekend, bringing its international haul to $532.5 million.
Second place goes to Evil Dead Rise. The horror sequel from Warner Bros. held up well in its second week, especially for a horror movie, plunging 50% to $12.2 million.
Among the novelties of the weekend, the adaptation of Judy Blume Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret got away with it the best. The Lionsgate release grossed $6.8 million from 3,343 locations, a solid debut for the $30 million budget coming-of-age tale written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) .
As expected, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, about an 11-year-old girl (Abby Ryder Fortson) going through puberty, drew overwhelming female audiences.
With stellar reviews (99% new on Rotten Tomatoes) and solid audience scores (an “A” CinemaScore), Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, should play well on Mother’s Day.
Lionsgate also released Finnish action film Sisu in 1,006 locations. The film, about a prospector (Jorma Tommila) whose gold is stolen by the Nazis, grossed around $3.3 million. It was a solid result for the rare international film to receive a domestic opening. Reviews have been good (93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) for writer-director Jalmari Helander’s film.
Sisu managed to top the heaviest new release of the weekend: Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Former and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World.
The film, from Christian production company Sony Affirm Films, puts a religious spin on the sports biopic. But after being rocked by poor reviews, it didn’t hit very hard, grossing $3 million from 3,054 theaters.
Nida Manzoor’s Polite Society, about a British-Pakistani high school girl (Priya Kansara) who dreams of becoming a stuntwoman, debuted with $800,000 in 927 theaters. The Focus Features film, one of the stars of the Sundance film festival in January, mixes kung fu with Jane Austen in a story about London sisters.
Pratt was pictured at the film’s Los Angeles premiere earlier this month
Nintendo’s video game adaptation dominated April in theaters, breaking records along the way
Over the weekend, the film faced little new competition, though that will change next week when Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins the summer movie schedule and should move Mario to the side
One of the biggest hits of the weekend was a familiar force at the box office. The Walt Disney Co. re-release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi grossed $4.7 million from just 475 theaters. Disney has returned Jedi (the 1997 Special Edition) to theaters to commemorate the 1983 film’s 40th anniversary.
The official top 10 included The Super Mario Bros. Movie with $40 million; Evil Dead Rise with $12.2 million; Are you there, my God? It’s me, Margaret with $6.8 million; John Wick: Chapter 4 and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Rounding out the top 10 were Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Air, Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two, The Covenant, and Sisu.
Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.
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