Why The Super Mario Bros Movie has been a record-breaking hit

The Super Mario Bros Movie has collected a haul of gold coins that'd make Mario jealous with a huge opening at the worldwide box office.

Ahead of its release, the omens weren't good for the animated take on Nintendo's classic series.

There was the backlash against Chris Pratt's casting as Mario, the mixed reviews that saw it debut below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes

The fact that the 1993 movie left an indelible mark.

But even Anna and Elsa were no match for Mario and Luigi as The Super Mario Bros Movie went on to record the biggest-ever global debut for an animated movie at $377.6 million worldwide

topping Frozen II's record and comfortably recording the highest-grossing video game movie debut too.

Ahead of its second weekend of release, The Super Mario Bros Movie is closing in on $500 million and stands at $434.5 million worldwide.

o put that into context, it will shortly overtake Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania ($474.1 million) to become 2023's biggest movie

There's a lot to be said for timing and the movie certainly benefitted from its Easter weekend release,

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