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“Super Mario Bros. The Movie” Breaks All Box Office Records for Animated Film

The Super Mario Bros. Movie exceeded expectations with its remarkable opening weekend across North America and 70 international markets during the long Easter holiday weekend. Despite the pandemic, the movie earned an impressive $375.6 million worldwide, making it the best-performing movie of the year so far.

The Super Mario Bros. video game franchise was created by Nintendo in 1985 and features the adventures of Mario and his brother Luigi in the fictional Mushroom Kingdom. The franchise has since become one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, with numerous spin-offs and adaptations in other media.

The movie adaptation of the beloved Super Mario Bros. video game series played more like a universally appealing blockbuster than a typical animated family film with a PG rating. This success was largely due to the multigenerational fans of the franchise and its various adaptations over the years. Universal domestic distribution chief Jim Orr praised the movie's success, attributing it to the enduring popularity of Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto's Mario character, which has captivated audiences for decades.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie broke multiple records, including the biggest worldwide debut for an animated film, surpassing the $358 million debut of Frozen 2. It also became the biggest opening of all time for a video game adaptation, dethroning Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which previously held the title. The movie set records in multiple foreign markets, such as having the best-ever start for any Universal film and the third-best for any Hollywood film.

Given its impressive debut, it's no surprise that a sequel to The Super Mario Bros. Movie is likely to be announced soon, continuing the successful streak of Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind popular franchises like Despicable Me and Minions. As fans eagerly await news of a sequel, it's clear that the Mario legacy continues to captivate audiences of all ages around the world. The Super Mario Bros. Movie has certainly made an impact in the box office, and its success is a testament to the enduring popularity of the franchise.

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