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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Has Already Had The Biggest Animated Film Debut Of All Time

A plumb job.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie has had a belter of a debut since premiering in cinemas on Wednesday, and has reportedly already affirmed its record as the biggest-ever global debut for an animated film.

Deadline reports that the movie is projected to have raked in a whopping $368M USD worldwide by the five-day mark, with $173M USD of that coming from the 70 non-US markets it’s launched in. That puts it above Frozen 2 in the animated category, and eclipses 2016’s Warcraft as the biggest video game film adaptation opening by a wide margin as well.


The Super Mario Bros. Movie also set records for the biggest single-day US box office earnings for Good Friday, beating out Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania with $55M USD for that single day in the US alone.

In our review of the film, we said “The Super Mario Bros. Movie is exactly what you’d expect, sometimes for worse but overwhelmingly for the better. It’s a no-frills, digestible adventure that’s absolutely jam-packed with nods to the immense history of Nintendo’s favourite plumber, and crucially it features all the charm and fun that’s fundamental to delivering that nostalgia in a meaningful way. There’s at least a little something for everyone, young or old, gamer or not, but go in ready to celebrate 40+ years of Mario and Nintendo history and you’ll have a blast.”

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Pre-orders have already gone live for The Super Mario Bros. Movie on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Blu-Ray, including a special SteelBook Edition that’s exclusive to JB Hi-Fi locally.

You can also watch us discuss the film, as well as our hands-on preview of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and our thoughts on the latest Tears of the Kingdom trailer, in the latest video episode of the Press Start Podcast below: