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The Super Mario Bros. Movie one of few animated films to hit $1 billion, experts expect

Sam Cawley

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie one of few animated films to hit $1 billion, experts expect

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The massive success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie continues to grow as it dominates the box-office, and experts predict it’ll eventually hit the $1 billion milestone…

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Despite some mixed reviews from film critics, the Mario film has succeeded in impressing its audience with jaw-dropping animation, good humour, and brilliant voice acting from the A-tier cast.

The film initially received some backlash from fans when Nintendo and Illumination revealed who would be playing the fan-favourite characters. Fans were both amused and baffled when Chris Pratt was announced to play everyone’s favourite plumber, alongside other odd choices like Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad.

Other casting choices like Anya-Taylor Joy as Princess Peach and Jack Black as Bowser were met with slightly more confidence, but for the most part, many fans were expecting a flop upon release.

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However, the film surprised everyone, having an incredible 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing.

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Currently, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is sitting at a comfortable $700k at the box office, but film experts are predicting it’ll soar much higher, potentially doing what many animated films don’t and reaching the $1 billion mark.

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Only 10 animated films have ever exceeded $1 billion, with the top three being The Lion King ($1.66 billion) Frozen 2 ($1.45 billion) Frozen ($1.28 billion), so pretty steep competition there. The Mario movie is in cinemas for a bit longer though, so there’s still time for it to make history.

Even if it doesn’t break through the $1 billion mark, it’s still done exceptionally well and has its own achievements to be proud of. Since its release on the 5th of April, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has reaffirmed that films based on video game franchises do work when handled with the love and care they deserve, becoming the highest-grossing video game movie ever made.

We thought The Super Mario Bros. Movie was a joyous movie that’ll make any fan of the series happy, and it’d be an understatement to say we’re excited for more to come.

Topics: Mario, Super Mario, Nintendo, TV And Film

Sam Cawley
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