'Super Mario Bros. Movie' Powers Up Box Office With $26M Debut And 2 'Extra Life' Post-Credit Surprises

Zinger Key Points
  • Illumination's 'Super Mario Bros. Movie' makes a big splash at the box office with a projected $127.5M 5-day debut, despite mixed reviews.
  • The film features both mid and post-credits scenes, offering a glimpse into the future of the franchise.

"Super Mario Bros. Movie," the animated adventure film based on Nintendo's NTDOY Mario video game franchise, is making a big splash at the box office.

According to Deadline, the film produced by Comcast's CMCSA Illumination, Universal Pictures, and Nintendo is already looking at a $26 million opening day on Wednesday, even though it didn't have any Tuesday previews.

This could translate into a projected $86.2 million for the 3-day total and $127.5 million from Wednesday through Sunday, meaning the new movie could break the 3-day record for a videogame feature adaptation that Paramount's PARA and SEGA's SGAMY "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" holds, with $72.1 million.

Moreover, if these numbers hold up, "Super Mario Bros. Movie" will have the second-best 5-day debut (Wednesday through Sunday) for an Illumination title after 2013’s "Despicable Me 2", which raked in $143 million.

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The movie's success is particularly noteworthy given mixed critical reviews. Rotten Tomatoes scored the film at 54% Rotten, but audience reviews were overwhelmingly positive at 96%. The movie's official Twitter account celebrated the news by sharing a picture of the rating and writing: "These koopas are ready to ROCK. Are you?"

The movie, which was directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, with the screenplay written by Matthew Fogel, showcases a remarkable voice cast. This ensemble includes Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and Fred Armisen.

And one more thing you should know - the "Super Mario Bros. Movie" features both a mid-credits and a post-credits scene that offer a tantalizing glimpse into the future of the beloved franchise. So remember to stay until the very end!

Photo: Shutterstock

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