(Los Angeles) Super Mario Bros. movie continues to build momentum after raking in $58.2 million at the North American box office over the weekend, retaining the No. 1 spot in its third week of release , according to estimates on Sunday by the specialist firm Exhibitor Relations.
The animated film based on the game of the same name, produced by Universal, Nintendo and Illumination studios, has racked up more than $434 million since its Easter weekend release in theaters across the United States and the United States. Canada, and an additional $437 million across the rest of the world, according to Exhibitor.
The most famous hero in video game history, Mario, appears in a feature film where he and his brother Luigi face the dreadful Bowser in the Mushroom Kingdom.
The overalls-and-mustache-wearing plumber is ahead of Warner Bros. new horror film Evil Dead Rise, which in its first weekend in North American theaters grossed $23.5 million.
According to expert David Gross, the figure represents “an excellent start” for a film that cost only $17 million.
Actresses Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland star in this bloodbath, playing two sisters who must battle a slew of demonic creatures.
Far behind in third place is another newcomer: The Covenant, directed by Briton Guy Ritchie. At $6.3 million, it’s a “weak start,” far from the usual standards for a film of this genre, according to David Gross.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a US Army sergeant who later returns to Afghanistan to rescue a friend who once saved him from the Taliban.
In fourth place, John Wick: Chapter 4 is still doing well after five weeks of operation, with $5.8 million in revenue. In this new chapter of the hit saga, Keanu Reeves reprises his role as a hitman fighting an international criminal group.
Ben Affleck’s latest film, Air, which chronicles the origins of Nike shoes from NBA legend Michael Jordan, remains in fifth place, with $5.5 million.
7. The Pope’s Exorcist (3,3 millions)
8. Renfield (3.1 million)
9. Beau Is Afraid (2,7 millions)
10. Suzume (1,6 million)