It was only inevitable, but The Super Mario Bros. Movie surpassed $1 billion in global gross this past weekend. Sitting up top of the US charts for the fourth week in a row, Nintendo and Illumination’s smash hit has become the fifth film since the pandemic started to break $1 billion at the box office. It is also currently the highest-grossing film both domestically and globally for 2023 as well as Universal’s seventh-biggest film of all time.
While the film only brought in an additional $40 million this past weekend in the US, the film had its Japanese debut on the 28th. This led to a surge in international tickets, with the movie bringing in $68.3 million from the foreign gross. Alongside its Japanese debut, the movie opened in South Korea this past week where it generated a further $4.67 million.
As for the rest of the box office this weekend, Evil Dead Rise maintained its position at number two with a solid $12.2 million haul. Third was everyone’s least favorite genre, religious films, with Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret taking $6.8 million. John Wick: Chapter 4 settled into a fourth-place finish this week with an additional $5 million, surpassing $400 million and basically securing a sequel in some form.
Weirdly, fifth place was the limited re-release of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Brought back into theaters to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary (even if it was originally released in late May 1983), Luke and crew managed to snag $4.7 million from just 500 theaters. Disney must be thrilled by that.
Here is how the rest of the box office fared.
- The Super Mario Bros. Movie – $40 million
- Evil Dead Rise – $12.2 million
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – $6.8 million
- John Wick: Chapter 4 – $5 million
- Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – $4.7 million
- Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – $4.09 million
- Air – $3.98 million
- Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two – $3.8 million
- The Covenant – $3.6 million
- Sisu – $3.2 million