‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Tops $1 Billion Global Box Office

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s box office hit The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now a $1 billion mega hit. The animated movie, as expected, became the top-grossing animated movie in its fourth weekend of release with a projected $40 million in ticket sales through April 30 — easily topping previous record holder, Incredibles 2, at $28.4 million in 2018.

The movie also tops the 2015 fourth weekend box office of Universal’s Jurassic World at $29.2 million. It ranks No. 3 all-time among Illumination releases, including Minions ($1.16 billion) and Despicable Me 3 ($1.03 billion).

At No. 2 through the weekend: Warner Bros. Pictures’ Evil Dead Rise, which added $12.3 million in ticket sales to up its two-week domestic total past  $44.5 million.

Super Mario Bros. easily held off other box office newcomers and returnees, which included three Lionsgate releases Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, based on Judy Blume’s classic and groundbreaking novel, took in an estimated $6.8 million across 3,343 North American screens; Finnish World War 2 drama Sisu with an estimated $3.25 million in ticket sales; and John Wick: Chapter 4 — the latter adding $5 million and passing the North American box office of predecessor John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum at an estimated $176.16 million.

Other notable box office results included the 40th anniversary re-release of Disney-owned Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which added another $4.7 million in ticket sales.

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Eyes Record Box Office Haul for an Animated Movie on Its Fourth Weekend

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie appears set to establish a new box office weekend record for an animated movie on its fourth weekend. The movie is projected to generate upwards of $40 million in ticket sales this weekend, according to Box Office Pro.

The movie has generated $895 million in global ticket sales, including $450 million in North America, entering the weekend.

The movie will have little competition, with new releases targeting niche moviegoers, including Lionsgate’s family/faith-based Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, World War II drama Sisu, and Sony Pictures’ biopic Big George Foreman.

Are You There God? took in an estimated $600,000 during Thursday night preview shows and early access screenings. Currently boasting a 99% fresh critics score and a perfect 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is tracking to open in the $7 million to $9 million range, which would be a successful outcome for the film and would set up the project for a long run through the Mother’s Day weekend, according Lionsgate.

Sisu took in an estimated $585,000 during preview and early access screenings. Rated 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is targeting action/mayhem moviegoers.

Among box office returnees, Warner Bros.’ erstwhile HBO Max-original-turned-theatrical-release Evil Dead Rise is projected to add $10 million to its $48.5 million global haul since debuting April 19.

Other titles include Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4, Amazon Studios’ Air, MGM/STX Films’ Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, and A24’s Beau is Afraid.

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‘Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Sets 2nd Weekend Animation Box Office Record Enroute to $678 Million Global Tally

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster The Super Mario Bros. Movie continues set records, adding an estimated $87 million in second weekend ticket sales through April 16. The tally — which accounted for 60% of the total North American box office — is the most for an animated movie in its sophomore weekend, breaking the previous record held by Disney’s Frozen 2. Last weekend’s debut set a record for an animation theatrical debut.

The Nintendo-themed release is also the No. 1 grossing theatrical title in 2023 thus far with $678 million in revenue worldwide after 12 days of release, including $347 million across North American screens.

Significantly behind, the theatrical debut of Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ horror movie The Pope’s Exorcist generated more than $9 million in North America, and more than doubling the tally worldwide.

Rounding out the podium, Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 took in an estimated $7.925 million, to up the Keanu Reeves actioner’s North American total past $160 million, and almost $350 million globally, including nearly $190 million internationally. The total eclipses John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum ($328 million) as the highest-grossing release in the franchise. Those results were bolstered in part by the movie’s South Korean debut at $5.9 million across more than 1,500 screens.

Amazon Studios’ Air added $3.37 million on Saturday, which should push the docudrama’s weekend tally past $7.72 million. With this solid second week hold following a holiday weekend and the continued outstanding audience reactions and overall word-of-mouth, Amazon expects the movie to continue playing solidly in the coming weeks.

Finally, Universal’s comedy horror Renfield, co-starring  Nicholas Hoult as the title’s character and Nicolas Cage as Dracula’s henchman, opened with a disappointing $7.7 million in ticket sales.

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‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Eyes Second Weekend Box Office Record

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie looks to continue its record-breaking box office run for a second weekend, adding upwards of $85 million in ticket sales through April 16, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

The movie set an animation box office record in its debut with more than $146 million in North American ticket sales, topping Disney’s Frozen II.

With little box office competition this weekend, Super Mario should encounter less than the typical 50%-plus sophomore weekend box office revenue decline. In the process, the title could top second-week box office records set by Frozen II ($86 million), Incredibles 2 ($80.4 million), 2019’s The Lion King ($76.6 million), Finding Dory ($73 million) and Shrek 2 ($72.2 million).

Other theatrical returnees include Amazon Studios’ Air, which finished its first week (nine days) in theaters grossing $983,000 on April 13, to up its total past $25.5 million. The docudrama, starring and directed by Ben Affleck, and starring Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman and Chris Messina, dramatizes how Nike and budding basketball superstar Michael Jordan created a sports-marketing juggernaut. The movie is projected to generate more than $9.4 million in its second weekend.

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Paramount Pictures’ actioner Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is expected to see another $9.3 million in ticket sales, upping its North American tally past $76 million after three weeks.

Both movies could be topped by new Universal horror comedy Renfield, co-starring Nicholas Hoult and Nicolas Cage. The movie is projected to reach $11 million following $900,000 in Thursday sneak screenings.

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Due on Digital Aug. 30, Disc Sept. 6

Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will be released on digital (after a premium purchase and rental run) Aug. 30 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film explores the early life of the master of evil Gru, who is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

The film features the voices of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.

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The more than 60 minutes of bonus features in the collector’s edition include two new mini movies, outtakes, a how-to draw (and animate) lesson with co-director Brad Ableson, and family activities. 

Minions: The Rise of Gru earned $350.8 million at the domestic box office.

Vudu Offering Exclusive Clips, Gift Cards, Game Discount for ‘Rise of Gru’ Debut

Vudu is offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of Steve Carell at Vudu and Fandango.com as Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru debuts on the transactional digital service. 

The title is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Vudu is also providing a guide to activities, games and crafts, including activity sheets that feature instructions for making a Minions pet rock and how to create an origami ninja star, minions badges and minion popsicle stick puppets, as well as access to coloring sheets and a banana split recipe.

Vudu is also offering seven Minions: The Rise of Gru-themed gift cards.

In addition, for a limited time, consumers purchasing Minions: The Rise of Gru on Vudu will get a discount code good for 50% off the new Exploding Minions family game, the Minions-themed version of the popular Exploding Kittens, featuring new cards and illustrations. Here’s how to play the game and see here for details on the offer.

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Universal’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Eyeing Massive July 4 Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru is projected to rival the franchise’s successful box office track record, generating upwards of $70 million to $90 million in estimated ticket sales over the four-day July 4 weekend.

The franchise, which includes 2010’s Despicable Me, 2013’s Despicable Me 2, 2017’s Despicable Me 3, and 2015 spin-off Minions, has generated $3.7 billion in global revenue. Indeed, Minions holds the franchise mark for highest domestic opening box office weekend with $115.7 million in ticket sales.

With the fifth installment, The Rise of Gru, slated for more than 4,400 North American screens, Universal is hoping the movie’s two-year release delay due to the pandemic will drive moviegoer interest. Regardless, the studio reportedly is projecting $60 million in ticket sales over the four-day weekend — despite the movie generating $10.8 million in Thursday screenings.

That’s a far cry from the 2022 record $187 million generated by Disney/Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in its opening weekend.

Among the box office returning releases, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick is expected to remain on its lucrative flight plan with an estimated $26 million to $33 million in ticket sales, upping its domestic haul past $572 million after six weeks of release.

Universal’s dinosaur franchise’s Jurassic World: Dominion is projected to generate $18 million to $23 million in additional ticket sales in its fourth weekend of release domestically.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis is expected to add $17 million to $21 million in its second weekend of release, followed by Universal’s Ethan Hawke horror film The Black Phone ($13 million to $15 million), and Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear with $9 million to $11 million in projected third-weekend ticket sales.

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‘Sing 2’ Now Available for Digital Download, Arriving on Disc March 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the animated film Sing 2 through digital retailers March 1, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 29.

The sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 hit Sing finds the ever-optimistic Koala, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and his cast having big dreams of staging their most dazzling show yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. But to do so, they must persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (Bono), to join them. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Ash (Scarlett Johansson), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Meena (Tori Kelly) and Gunter (Nick Kroll) also return.

The film has earned more than $150 million at the domestic box office.

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The Blu-ray, 4K and DVD editions of the film include two new mini movies: For Gunter’s Eyes Only, in which Johnny and Gunter attend a hypnotist show in Redshore City where Gunter is hypnotized and believes he is a 007 type spy, and Animal Attraction, in which Darius messes up his commercial shoot and audition.

Other extras include outtakes, super sing-alongs, a “How to Dance to Sing 2” featurette, “The Voices of Sing 2” featurettes with McConaughey and Witherspoon, and “How to Draw” featurettes focused on Buster Moon and Ash.

The Blu-ray and 4K combo packs will include additional bonus materials such as a “Meet the Animators” featurette; additional behind-the-scenes featurettes about stage design, make-up, microphones, costumes and props; a collection of “From the Drawing Room” featurettes with more looks being-the-scenes; additional “Voices of Sing 2” featurettes with Egerton, Kelly, Kroll and Garth Jennings; and additional “How to Draw” segments focused on Johnny, Miss Crawly and Clay Calloway.