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World Box Office April 10 to 16, 2023

At the rate super numbers are being generated by The Super Mario Bros. Movie, box office analysts are betting that the video game adaptation could hit the $1 billion benchmark.

The animation adventure comedy, with a voice cast led by Chris Pratt, Jack Black, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Kevin Michael Richardson and Seth Rogen, has now earned a staggering $678 million worldwide tally so far.

As a result, Mario Bros. Movie is now the biggest-earning video game adaptation, eclipsing Warcraft and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

The offshore market contributed $330 million to Mario Bros. Movie’s total. In the recent frame, the story about the two plumber brothers with the trademark mustache picked up $94.1 million from over 70 territories.

Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, The Super Mario Bros. is faring phenomenally well in more than 20 territories, including Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Spain, China, Germany, France, Australia, The Netherlands and Italy.

Keanu Reeves’ John Wick: Chapter 4, which earlier beat the box office records of the first two installments and now also surpassed the third, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, collected another $18.6 million from 70-plus territories.

With a $189.6 million international tally increasing the worldwide cume to $349.7 million, John Wick 4 is secure in its standing as the biggest hit in Reeves’ franchise.

In the domestic box office, The Super Mario Bros. Movie also continues to be super. With $87 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada, that’s the best second weekend tally ever for an animated movie. Those figures increased the computer-animated film’s domestic cume to $347.8 million.

Box office pundits thought that Nicolas Cage’s Renfield would end up in second place. Instead, Russell Crowe’s The Pope’s Exorcist and Chapter 4 took second and third spots, respectively.

Starring Crowe as the Vatican’s leading exorcist, the horror thriller grossed $9.1 million on its debut. Based on two books by the Diocese of Rome’s late exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth – “An Exorcist Tells His Story” and “An Exorcist: More Stories” – the Julius Avery-directed film also stars Daniel Zovatto, Franco Nero (as The Pope) and Alex Essoe.

After four weeks, John Wick 4, collecting $7.925 million, still managed to be in third place. Reeves’ supposedly final appearance as the black-suited weary assassin has now amassed an impressive $160.1 million domestically.

Nicolas Cage’s Renfield bowed at number four with a less-than-expected $7.770 million. The comedy fantasy horror, directed by Chris McKay, costars Nicholas Hoult in the title role – as the henchman of Dracula (Cage) who is tired of his life with the Count, the latter’s demands and the mayhem that comes with the Transylvanian vampire’s lifestyle.

Picking up $7.720 million, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Air hung on to the top five. The sports drama on how Nike became a major player in the sneakers market, thanks to its recruitment of Michael Jordan to push Air Jordan, marks the first time that Affleck directed Damon.

On its sophomore outing, Air, also featuring Viola Davis, Chris Messina, Chris Tucker and Marlon Wayans, has pocketed a cume of $33.283 million.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten were, in order: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, $7.350 million; Suzume, the biggest Japanese animated movie hit in China but opened in the US with a dismal $5 million; Catherine Hardwicke’s Mafia Mamma, starring Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci, launched with $2.044 million; Scream VI, $1.455 million; and the debuting horror thriller Nefarious, top-billed by Sean Patrick Flanery, $1.330 million.

With the North American box office generating $133.3 million, the recent weekend was up over the same period in pre-COVID April 2019. Box office experts hailed those numbers as a hopeful sign that moviegoing attendance is indeed returning to normal.