‘Super Mario Bros’ Pushes Disney Out, Defeats Company

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“It’s-a-me, Mario!”

This phrase took the world by storm several decades ago, but they’ve never been more alive than they are right now. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) took the box office by storm, captivating audiences worldwide with its nostalgic charm and delightful storytelling. Directed by the talented duo of Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, this animated feature film has managed to reignite the love for everyone’s favorite plumber and his colorful world.

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Since its release, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has shattered records and surpassed all expectations, becoming a blockbuster hit in no time. This film has also overtaken Disney’s 7-year box office streak. Since 2015, Disney has been at the top at the box office, and thanks to Super Mario Bros. Movie, they broke that streak in 2023.

Due to The Super Mario Bros. Movie doing so well, this meant that Universal, Disney’s competitor, is now in the lead for producing $1 billion films. In 2023, the Super Mario Bros. Movie grossed over $1.36 billion. The top movie for Disney in 2023 was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, which grossed $845 million.

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Critics and audiences alike have praised The Super Mario Bros. Movie for its entertainment value, creativity, and faithfulness to the source material. Positive word-of-mouth has further boosted its box office success. Fans also felt the film brilliantly taps into the nostalgia factor, taking audiences on a trip down memory lane to the early days of video gaming. It seamlessly blends classic elements from the games with a fresh and engaging narrative.

Mario fans recognized the beloved characters with Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, among others. Their performances have added depth and personality to the beloved characters. One character who became lovable was the villain Bowser, played by Jack Black. Fans fell in love with his character as Bowser with his performance of the hit song, “Peaches.” These catchy lyrics allowed fans to fall in love with his character.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie appeals to both kids and adults, making it a perfect choice for family outings. The humor and adventure are accessible to all generations, fostering a sense of togetherness and shared enjoyment. While The Super Mario Bros. Movie surpassed Disney at the box office in 2023, Disney will head to the top again at some point with their newest films like Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and many others set to come out in the future. Of course, Universal will look to continue its streak of successful family films later this summer with Despicable Me 4.

What film do you think will get Disney back on top? 

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.