The movie Super Mario Bros.topped the box office charts with $377 million in worldwide ticket sales, earning the title of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”‘s biggest global debut of the year ($225.3 million). of dollars).

The animated film – a collaboration between Illumination, Nintendo and Universal – exceeded already lofty expectations, grossing $173 million internationally and $204 million in its first five days at the domestic box office.

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” opened in 70 overseas territories, including Mexico ($27.4 million), the United Kingdom and Ireland ($19.6 million), l Germany ($14 million), China ($12 million), France ($10.4 million), Spain ($8.6 million) and Australia ($8.3 million). dollars).

With those ticket sales, “Mario” set several records overseas, including the year’s best international debut (surpassing “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” with $117.1 million) and the second biggest animated opening of all time (behind “Frozen 2” with $228.2 million). It also marked the biggest animated opening in 11 individual markets, as well as the best start for a video game adaptation in 42 individual markets.

“That’s a phenomenal number by any measure,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of distribution at Universal Pictures International. “The film is based on incredible intellectual property, which is enjoyed by people of different generations, young and old. This is great news for the industry.”

In addition to brand recognition and nostalgia for the popular video game, the film benefited from positive word-of-mouth, high-end theatrical formats, and a lack of films aimed at family audiences. During months.

“Mario” notably delivered to Imax, grossing $5 million overseas and $21.6 million worldwide. These ticket sales are the company’s highest ever anime debut in 22 markets, including Ireland and the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.

“Illumination and Universal have done a great job launching this new franchise, building on the tremendous momentum we’re seeing at the global box office heading into a very promising summer season,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO. from Imax.

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” features the voices of Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, and Jack Black as Bowser. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the story follows the mustachioed plumber and his friends as they prepare to stop the all-powerful King Koopa from world domination.