() — Nearly a month after “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” opened to an impressive opening weekend at the box office, the animated feature hit another major milestone.
The film surpassed $1 billion at the global box office on Sunday and, according to a Universal press release, continues to break box office records by holding the No. 1 spot for the fourth consecutive weekend.
“Super Mario Bros. The Movie” is the 10th animated film in history to surpass $1 billion, making it the 10th highest-grossing animated film of all time globally, surpassing $942. .5 million “Minions: The Rise of the Gru” grossed in 2019.
The film opened in the United States and Canada on April 5 and earned more than $200 million, and nearly $380 million internationally, in its five days of release. “Super Mario Bros. The Movie” surpassed Marvel’s “Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which grossed $225.3 million worldwide during its February opening.
The film is based on the world of Nintendo’s classic “Super Mario” video game franchise, and stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach.
Mario and Luigi, plumbers from Brooklyn, are transported through a mysterious pipe while working underground to fix a water main. The brothers enter a “magical new world” and when separated, “Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi,” according to the synopsis on the film’s website.
Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson and Sebastian Maniscalco round out the cast, with a special appearance by actor Charles Martinet, who is the official voice of Mario in the video games.