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The Super Mario Bros Movie Gets A High Score At The Box Office

More than forty years after his first appearance video game icon Mario has finally hit the big screen in The Super Mario Bros Movie (let's just forget about the 90's movie). Despite mixed to negative reviews Illumination and Nintendo's animated feature has opened to some pretty impressive numbers.

The film opened on Wednesday, April 5 and went on to earn $204,630,730 in its first five days in North America alone. Internationally it took another $172.8m to bring it to a worldwide total of $377.6m. The Film is already the third highest grossing film of the year in the US. It's also the biggest opening weekend of the year so far.

It's also broken some other impressive records. It is the highest grossing opening for a film based on a video game- beating out Mario's old rival Sonic The Hedgehog.  It's also the best opening for a film from Illumination. And biggest of all, it scored the biggest opening for an animated film, overtaking Frozen II's $358m.

In international territories Mexico leads with $27.7m (the country's third biggest of all time) ahead of the UK and Ireland with $19.5m, Germany with $13.4m, China $11.6m and France on $9.9m.  The film took an additional  $21.6m in IMAX- the best opening for an animated film in the format.

The film is currently the fourth highest-grossing animated film of the post pandemic era behind Minions: The Rise of Gru, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish and Sing 2. Don't be surprised if it overtakes them as the numbers don't lie- people really love Mario.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is in cinemas now.