The writing’s been on the wall basically from the moment The Super Mario Bros. Movie first hit theaters, but after weeks of sitting comfortably at the top of the domestic box office, Universal, Illumination, and Nintendo’s big movie collaboration has officially made $1 billion.
It’s been less than a full month since co-directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie premiered, but in those few short weeks, the project’s already raked in a cool $490 million domestically and $532 million internationally, making it the fifth pandemic-era movie to cross the $1 billion mark. Given how the film only just opened in markets including South Korea and Japan within the past few days, it’s all but assured to make quite a bit more money before its theatrical run comes to an end.
Having become the most financially successful video game movie ever, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a far cry from the catastrophic box office failure that was Nintendo’s first Super Mario Bros. film from 1993. The movie’s gross basically guarantees that we’re going to be seeing more Mario sequels for years to come and feels like a signal that Nintendo’s big plan to build a new kind of entertainment empire for itself might just work.