The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Universal’s animated video game adaptation easily repeats in first place with $58.2M, the #7 third weekend of all time.
It had previously earned the:
- #32 “traditional” three-day opening weekend of all time ($146.3M)
- #17 five-day total of all time, since it opened on a Wednesday instead of a Friday ($204.6M)
- Then it improved to the #7 sophomore weekend of all time ($92.3M)
- Now, it again holds at the #7 third weekend of all time, behind only:
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2M)
- Avatar ($68.4M)
- Avatar: The Way of Water ($67.4M)
- Black Panther ($66.3M)
- Avengers: Endgame ($63.2M)
- Avengers: Infinity War ($62.0M)
Mario also now earns the #1 animated third weekend of all time.
Among animated films specifically, it had previously earned the:
- #3 animated opening weekend of all time, behind 2019’s The Lion King ($191.7M) and 2018’s Incredibles 2 ($182.6M)
- #1 animated sophomore frame of all time, beating the prior record holder, 2019’s Frozen II with $86.0M
- Now, it again earns the #1 animated third frame of all time, beating the prior record holder, 2018’s Incredibles 2 with $46.4M
With $434.3M to date domestically, Mario is currently the highest-grossing movie in 2023 so far.
It ranks far ahead of December 2022 holdover Avatar: The Way of Water ($257.4M) and February’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ($212.9M).
Mario also ranks as the #28 biggest film of all time.
Among animated films specifically, it ranks #6 all time domestically, behind only:
- 2018’s Incredibles 2 ($608.5M)
- 2019’s The Lion King ($543.6M)
- 2016’s Finding Dory ($486.2M)
- 2019’s Frozen II ($477.3M)
- 2004’s Shrek 2 ($441.2M)
Overseas / global total
This weekend overseas, Mario declined -38% to $70.7M, in line with its -37% domestic drop.
Mario has earned $437.5M overseas and $871.8M globally. That makes it by far the top global release of 2023 so far, far ahead of Quantumania ($474.1M).
Mario currently ranks as the #79 film of all time globally.
It’s also the #19 animated title of all time globally, behind:
- 2019’s The Lion King ($1.66B)
- 2019’s Frozen II ($1.45B)
- 2013’s Frozen ($1.28B)
- 2018’s Incredibles 2 ($1.24B)
- 2015’s Minions ($1.15B)
- 2019’s Toy Story 4 ($1.07B)
- 2010’s Toy Story 3 ($1.06B)
- 2017’s Despicable Me 3 ($1.03B)
- 2016’s Finding Dory ($1.02B)
- 2016’s Zootopia ($1.02B)
- 2013’s Despicable Me 2 ($970.7M)
- 1994’s The Lion King ($968.5M)
- 2003’s Finding Nemo ($941.6M)
- 2022’s Minions: The Rise of Gru ($939.6M)
- 2004’s Shrek 2 ($928.7M)
- 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets ($894.3M)
- 2009’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($886.6M)
- 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift ($877.2M)
Mario’s top overseas market totals include:
- Mexico ($65.6M)
- U.K. ($51.6M)
- Germany ($37.1M)
- France ($31.7M)
- Australia ($27.3M)
- China ($20.4M)
- Spain ($19.5M)
- Brazil ($18.0M)
- Italy ($17.1M)
Evil Dead Rise
Warner Bros.’ horror sequel only “rose” a bit, opening to $23.5M in second place.
It opened almost exactly the same as 2022’s The Black Phone ($23.6M) and February’s Cocaine Bear ($23.2M).
However, it debuted -9% below the franchise’s last installment, 2013’s Evil Dead ($25.7M).
Rise earned a “B” CinemaScore. Premium formats comprised 14% of its box office.
Rise debuted with $16.8M overseas and $40.3M globally.
Top overseas market totals to date include Mexico ($1.9M), U.K. ($1.8M), Brazil ($1.5M), France ($1.3M), and India ($1.3M).
Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
MGM’s war action drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal opened with $6.2M in third place.
The film earned an “A” CinemaScore from an audience that was an estimated 58% male and 42% older than age 45.
Compared to some of titular director Ritchie’s prior adult-skewing action films, it opened:
- 2.00x March’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre ($3.1M)
- -24% below 2021’s Wrath of Man ($8.3M)
- -41% below January 2020’s The Gentlemen ($10.6M)
- -59% below 2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($15.3M)
- -53% below 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($13.4M)
Compared to some other comparable adult-oriented action titles from the past year or so, it also opened:
- -27% below 2022’s Ambulance, also starring Gyllenhaal ($8.6M)
- -38% below January’s Plane ($10.2M)
- -45% below 2022’s Beast ($11.5M)
John Wick: Chapter 4
Now in its fifth frame, Lionsgate’s R-rated action thriller declined -29% to $5.7M and fourth place.
With $168.8M total through 31 days, Chapter 4 has already far exceeded the totals of both the first ($43.0M) and second installments ($92.0M).
It’s also closing in on Parabellum’s $171.0M total. Through the equivalent point in release, it’s running +13% ahead.
Globally, Chapter 4 is already the highest-earning installment in the franchise.
Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with director Chad Stahelski here:
The Pope’s Exorcist
Last weekend, Sony Pictures’ horror starring Russell Crowe prayed its way to $9.0M in second place.
Now in its sophomore frame, the film falls -63% to $3.3M and seventh place.
Compared to some other similar films about possession, exorcism, or the Devil from the past dozen years or so, that sophomore drop is steeper than:
- 2022’s Prey for the Devil (-46%)
- 2014’s Ouija (-46%)
- 2012’s The Possession (-47%)
- 2016’s Ouija: Origin of Evil (-49%)
- 2014’s Deliver Us from Evil (-51%)
- 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose (-51%)
- 2013’s The Last Exorcism Part II (-59%)
- 2011’s The Rite (-62%)
However, it’s milder than:
- 2010’s The Last Exorcism (-64%)
- 2019’s The Curse of La Llorona (-69%)
- 2012’s The Devil Inside (-76%)
Pope’s has earned $37.1M overseas and $52.0M globally.
In holdover markets, the film declined -51%, milder than its -63% domestic drop.
Last weekend, Universal’s R-rated horror comedy starring Nicolas Cage as Dracula bit off $8.0M in fourth place.
Now in its sophomore frame, the film falls -61% to $3.1M and eighth place.
That means the film has earned less through two weekends than some pre-release projections had it earning through just one weekend.
Compared to some other recent horror comedies from the past year or so, that sophomore drop is steeper than:
- 2022’s The Invitation (-28%)
- December’s Violent Night (-35%)
- 2022’s The Menu (-39%)
- January’s M3GAN (-40%)
- 2022’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, also starring Cage (-46%)
- February’s Cocaine Bear (-52%)
Renfield declined -60% overseas this weekend to $1.2M, in line with its -61% domestic drop.
The film has earned $4.2M overseas and $13.6M globally.
Beau is Afraid
The new movie from director Ari Aster opened in limited release last weekend on four screens, with a $80,099 per-theater average.
That’s the best of 2023 so far, better than any film in 2022, and #2 of the post-pandemic era behind only 2021’s Licorice Pizza with $86,289.
Now in its second frame, Beau expands from four to a “semi-wide” 965 theaters, earning $2.7M.
That’s good for ninth place, breaking into the top 10, while claiming a $2,809 average.
Last weekend, Crunchyroll’s Japanese anime Suzume, distributed domestically by Sony Pictures, started with $5.0M in seventh place. That was in line with pre-release industry projections.
Now in its sophomore frame, it falls -68% to $1.6M and tenth place.
With $8.4M, It’s already exceeded the totals for director Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 Your Name ($5.0M) and 2019 Weathering with You ($8.0M).
Compared to some other recent anime titles, that sophomore drop is steeper than:
- 2016’s Your Name. (-55%)
- 2019’s Weathering with You (-63%)
However, it’s milder than for more action-based anime titles like:
- 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly (-69%)
- 2021’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (-71%)
- 2021’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission (-74%)
- 2022’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (-75%)
- 2022’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (-78%)
- 2022’s One Piece Film: Red (-84%)
Suzume has earned $10.9M overseas and $19.3M globally.
Searchlight Pictures’ historical drama, about a black French classical composer and performer who performed for royalty in 1700s France, opened with $1.5M in a “semi-wide” 1,275 theaters.
That’s lower than the wide openings for several other similar films from recent years about historical royalty:
- -28% below 2021’s Spencer ($2.1M in 996 theaters)
- -34% below 2018’s Mary Queen of Scots ($2.2M in 795 theaters)
- -42% below 2018’s The Favourite ($2.6M in 441 theaters)
- -64% below 2017’s Victoria & Abdul ($4.1M in 732 theaters)
- -68% below March 2020’s Emma ($4.8M in 1,565 theaters)
Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with Chevalier screenwriter Stefani Robinson and director Stephen Williams here:
Total box office this weekend came in around $119.6M, which is:
This weekend is:
The Super Mario Bros. Movie led, second frame ($92.3M)
Same weekend in 2022
The Bad Guys led ($23.9M)
Same weekend in 2019
The Curse of La Llorona led ($26.3M)
Year-to-date box office stands around $2.44B, which is:
2023 YTD now:
2023 YTD after last weekend:
Grouped by parent company, the YTD leaders are:
- Universal + Focus Features: $803.7M
- Disney + 20th Century + Searchlight: $520.4M
- Lionsgate: $259.5M
- Paramount: $248.9M
- MGM + United Artists + Amazon Studios: $211.2M
- Sony Pictures + Sony Classics + Crunchyroll: $168.7M
- Warner Bros.: $120.3M
Disney looks poised to likely retake the lead in May, thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Little Mermaid.
Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates:
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Locations||Location change||Average||Total||Weekend||Distributor|
|The Super Mario Bros. Movie||$58,230,000||-37%||4,350||-21||$13,386||$434,329,610||3||Universal|
|Evil Dead Rise||$23,500,000||3,402||$6,908||$23,500,000||1||Warner Bros.|
|Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant||$6,282,787||2,611||$2,406||$6,282,787||1||MGM|
|John Wick: Chapter 4||$5,713,000||-29%||3,033||$1,884||$168,843,254||5||Lionsgate|
|Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves||$5,400,000||-28%||2,960||-364||$1,824||$82,187,000||4||Paramount|
|The Pope’s Exorcist||$3,315,000||-63%||3,178||$1,043||$14,938,718||2||Sony Pictures|
|Beau is Afraid||$2,710,950||746%||965||961||$2,809||$3,147,189||2||A24|
|Nefarious||$620,000||-53%||757||-176||$819||$2,397,638||2||Soli Deo Gloria|
|Avatar: The Way of Water||$600,000||252%||920||760||$652||$683,664,773||19||20th Century [Disney]|
|Mafia Mamma||$477,666||-76%||1,613||-389||$296||$3,303,726||2||Bleecker Street|
|How to Blow Up a Pipeline||$151,000||-19%||530||388||$285||$595,183||3||Neon|
|Champions||$100,000||-68%||109||-74||$917||$16,209,970||7||Focus Features [Universal]|
|Wild Life||$44,614||-6%||14||12||$3,187||$112,228||2||National Geographic Films|
|A Thousand and One||$24,000||-73%||33||-97||$727||$3,376,125||4||Focus Features [Universal]|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania||$20,000||-55%||40||-35||$500||$212,950,294||10||Walt Disney|
|Other People’s Children||$14,811||3||$4,937||$14,811||1||Music Box Films|
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