Published: April 17, 2023
SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE Becomes Top-Grossing Movie of 2023 with $500 Million
By Movieguide® Contributor
The smash hit SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE leveled up again, after breaking the $500M mark at the global box office—becoming the highest grossing movie of 2023 and highest grossing video game adaptation.
The animated adventure surpassed ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA for the top spot. The movie’s box office success has also placed it as the second highest-grossing animated movie since 2019, behind MINIONS: RISE OF GRU ($942.5M), a peak it is likely to surpass as it continues to perform well in theaters.
Impressively, the movie was created on a $100 million production budget, which is economical when compared to Disney and Pixar whose animated movies frequently cost twice as much.
The movie’s family-friendly approach the video game adaptation put it at advantage against other, more violent adaptations like WARCRAFT.
THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE is the latest example of why moral, uplifting movies succeed at the box office.
Movieguide® previously reported on the success of the SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE:
Illumination’s THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023) led the Easter weekend box office, grossing $146 million in the U.S. alone.
The movie adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game earned $173 million internationally, earning an astonishing $377 million in total and becoming the most successful video-game movie of all time.
The movie also set records for animated movies, surpassing Disney’s FROZEN 2 ($358M) and becoming the second-biggest three-day domestic animated opening behind FINDING DORY.
A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:
THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023) is a new movie based on the iconic Nintendo video game about brothers Mario and Luigi, two plumbers from Brooklyn, New York. After Mario and Luigi find a green pipe in the sewers, they are transported into a different universe. The brothers end up getting separated, but both find themselves wrapped up in an evil plot by King Bowser. Bowser has seized a Super Star, which he plans to use to kidnap and marry Princess Peach, take over Mushroom Kingdom, and rule the world. Can Mario reunite with his brother Luigi and stop Bowser’s evil plot?
THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023) has a strong moral message about brotherhood, sacrifice, and working together to overcome evil. The movie has breathtaking animation that honors its iconic source material while breathing new life into the large cast of characters from both Mario video games and other Nintendo games of the same universe. For Mario and Luigi, love for one another helps them overcome their deepest fears and stand up against Bowser and his army of Koopas, Goombas, and Piranha Plants. Due to some intense animated action/violence, Movieguide® advises caution for younger children.