Mother Mia! The Super Mario Bros. Movie has officially surpassed the $900 million milestone at the global box office, as Illumination and Nintendo continue to break box office records with the animated film. The movie has amazing staying power among audiences, as seen over the weekend, continuing to outperform expectations even after 21 days in cinemas. Once this most recent milestone has been reached, Universal will set its sights on the coveted $1 billion mark, which Mario and company ought to easily surpass by next week.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has earned $901.2 million globally, of which $444 million was earned domestically and $457.2 million abroad. The movie will launch in Korea today and travel to Japan on Friday, which should give it a tiny second wind and help those figures even more. It’s not like the movie needed any help, though, since word-of-mouth recommendations and Mario’s enduring popularity have helped it recently win Universal’s best third-weekend award, beating even the first Jurassic World.
Mario is expected to break additional records for Universal as a whole as it develops. It will surpass Minions: The Rise of Gru‘s $942.5 million global mark as it approaches $1 billion, making it the studio’s most lucrative animated film since 2019. Mario should quickly move up the rankings among Universal’s animated features, where it now ranks #5 all-time since it will undoubtedly surpass Despicable Me 2 ($975.3 million) and perhaps Despicable Me 3 ($1.035 billion) as well. With $1.159 billion in revenue, 2015’s Minions is the only blockbuster that might stop it from reaching the absolute top, but given everything the plumber has already accomplished, it’s difficult to write him off. Additionally, he contributes to the continuation of Universal’s current streak of box office dominance as the studio now owns four of the Top 10 MPA movies worldwide as of 2019, along with No Time to Die and Jurassic World Dominion.