The Super Mario Bros. Movie has earned a cumulative total of 13.53 billion yen (about US$94.9 million) in Japan. It is now tied with Detective Conan: Kurogane no Submarine (Iron Submarine), the 26th film in the Detective Conan franchise, as the country’s highest-earning film to open in 2023 so far. Although other anime films such as The First Slam Dunk and Suzume have higher overall box office totals, they did not open in 2023.
Both The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Detective Conan: Kurogane no Submarine are now the #13 highest-grossing animated films (including anime), and the #20 highest-grossing films of all time in Japan. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is also now the highest-earning Universal Pictures film in Japan.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has surpassed Disney’s Frozen 2 at 13.37 billion yen (about US$94.0 million) to become the second highest-earning foreign-animated film in Japan. The first Frozen film ranks above The Super Mario Bros. Movie with box office earnings of 25.5 billion yen (about $179.2 million).
The Super Mario Bros. Movie opened in Japan on April 28, and it sold 1.276 million tickets and earned 1.843 billion yen (about US$13.54 million) in its first three days.
The film has been the highest-grossing film of 2023 worldwide. The film is also the highest-earning video game adaptation in history.
The film is the #3 all-time highest-earning animated film worldwide if Disney’s 2019 CG film The Lion King is counted as animated, or #2 if not. It is the #15 highest-earning film of all time.
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic directed the film, with a script by Matthew Fogel. The movie’s English voice cast includes Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as Mario and Luigi, respectively. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Princess Peach. Jack Black voices Bowser.
Other cast members include Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. Charles Martinet, who has voiced Mario and many other Nintendo characters in games, also voices “surprise cameos” in the film.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web