'Super Mario Bros. Movie' breaks global animated film opening record

The Super Mario Bros. Movie has broken box office records with the biggest opening for an animated film ever. The movie, based on Nintendo's video game franchise, stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Jack Black as Bowser. Despite generally poor reviews from critics, fans of the game have flocked to watch the movie over Easter, resulting in a total of $377 million globally in its first five days on release, beating the global opening for "Frozen II". The Hollywood Reporter stated that "Super Mario" was set to be "the first all-audience blockbuster of 2023." As well as the PG-rated title winning interest from families, it was also "appealing to the generations of adults who grew up playing (or still play) Nintendo's wildly popular Mario games." The film has a running time of just 92 minutes, much shorter than many blockbusters, allowing theaters to pack in more screenings. IMAX has said that the movie had delivered a record opening weekend for an animated film. It said the movie performed strongly internationally and was the biggest IMAX opening weekend of all time in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. Despite the poor reviews from critics, the film has a huge 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has a 7.4 rating on IMDb, based on about 30,000 reviews.


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