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Wahoo! The Super Mario Bros. Movie debuted on Wednesday to smashing success, with a domestic box office of $31.7 million and an international score of $34.7 million. Combined, the total first day revenue exceeds $66 Million globally, setting records for animated opening days in places like Argentina, Central America, Germany, Spain, and Austria. Thursday’s numbers almost double the amount, landing at over $120 Million before the weekend proper even begins, portending some truly impressive numbers for the film. Mamma Mia!

The sales set multiple different kinds of records across multiple territories, becoming in some places the biggest opening day of 2023, or even the best since the COVID-19 Pandemic that began in 2020. Domestically, it’s projected to be the best five-day opening of all-time for Illumination, surpassing Despicable Me’s $143 Million, though the company itself is keeping its $141M projection as it assesses the situation.

Either way, it’s clear that movie is a great success, and that the folks at Nintendo and Illumination won’t be hurting for money anytime soon. We’ll be sure to report if the movie breaks any big records as it plays out on Easter weekend. 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.