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

‘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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