Box Office: The Super Mario Bros Movie becomes the biggest film of 2023 in just two weekends

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This weekend, the Australian box office made $17.96 million

The Super Mario Bros Movie has surpassed almost $700 million worldwide

This weekend, the Australian box office made $17.96 million, down 11% from last week’s $20.12 million.

Topping the box office charts in its second week was Universal’s The Super Mario Bros Movie, bringing in over $9.7 million. The film follows the origin story of the brothers Mario and Luigi, Italian-American plumbers who are transported to an alternate world and become entangled in a battle between the Mushroom Kingdom, led by Princess Peach, and the Koopas, led by Bowser.

“Cinema has experienced a momentous week, surpassing two million admissions for the first time since July 2022, driven by the big cultural moment of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. This film has truly transcended generational boundaries, bringing Australians of all ages together into a shared social experience” commented Paul MacGregor, Director of Strategy and Marketing of Val Morgan Group.

The movie broke global box office records for 2023, with the total now standing at a staggering $678 million, surpassing Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to become biggest film of the year in just two weekends. It also has the chance of dethroning Shrek 2 as the biggest animated film ever if its success continues on this trajectory.

In its second week and coming in at number two, is StudioCanal’s John Wick: Chapter 4 which brought in $1.7 million. In the fourth instalment of the John Wick series, Wick (Keanu Reeves) takes on his most lethal adversaries yet as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Osaka and to Berlin.

Following on from its debut last week, Warner Bros Air came in third once again, bringing in over $1.4 million. The biographical sports drama film, directed by Ben Affleck stars Matt Damon, Affleck, Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, Chris Tucker, and Viola Davis.

Sitting in fourth place was Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves which brought in $1.2 million for its second week. Directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, the action comedy is based on the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Then, coming in at fifth place for its debut was Sony’s Suzume. The modern action adventure film brought in $691,674 for its first week in cinemas and was directed by Makoto Shinkai. The top-billed voice cast include Nanoka Hara as the titular character, Hokuto Matsumura as Souta Munakata and Eri Fukatsu as Tamaki Iwato.

Falling out of the top five this weekend was Toni Collette’s Mafia Mamma (debut), The Pope’s Exorcist and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

#1 The Super Mario Bros Movie – $9.7 million

Once again, families flocked to the cinema this past weekend to watch The Super Mario Bros Movie. The origin story brought in over $9.7 million nationally and over $678 million internationally, averaging $13,382 across 731 screens. The ensemble voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and Fred Armisen.

#2 John Wick: Chapter 4 – $1.7 million

Four years after John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, director Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves returned to theatres with the latest instalment. The film averaged $5,071 across 348 screens in its fourth week, grossing $19.8 million to date.

#3 AIR – $2.08 million

Air is based on true events about the origin of Air Jordan, a basketball shoe line, of which a Nike employee seeks to strike a business deal with rookie player Michael Jordan. In its second week, the film averaged $4,409 across 332 screens. The reunion of Affleck and Damon has now seen a total of $4.9 million across the country within two weeks.

#4 Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves – $1.26 million

The fantasy heist film is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting and stars an all-star lineup of Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant. In its third week, the film averaged $3,616 across 349 screens and has grossed over $8.6 million to date nationally.

#5 Suzume – $691,674

Suzume, a modern action adventure road story, follows a 17-year-old girl named Suzume who helps a mysterious young man close doors from the other side that are releasing disasters all over in Japan. In its first week, it grossed $691,674 nationally with an average of $4,434 across 156 screens.

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