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Super Mario Bros. Movie scores biggest global opening of all time for an animated film

The Super Mario Bros. Movie has powered past Frozen at the box office to secure the best debut of all time for an animated title.

The Nintendo and Universal/Illumination movie took $377 million around the world in its first five days of release – overtaking the previous record of $358 million held by Frozen 2.

In the US, the movie – which stars Chris Pratt as the moustachioed Italian plumber and Jack Black as fire-breathing villain, Bowser – earned $204.6 million over five days to secure the best opening of 2023 to date, plus the biggest five-day (Wednesday to Sunday) debut ahead of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($200.1 million) in 2009, Screen Daily reported.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie also produced the highest Illumination three-day debut ahead of Minions’ $115.7 million in 2015, as well as the highest three-day for a video game adaptation ahead of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on $72.1 million in 2022.

Internationally, it grossed $172.8 million, with the UK and Ireland accounting for $19.6 million.

The movie has also been enjoying success in the consumer products space, with collaborations including a dedicated Monopoly, while handmade cosmetics company Lush has launched an exclusive product collection.

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