The Universal Pictures film "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" earned $40 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters for the fourth straight weekend, surpassing $1 billion worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Nintendo videogame adaption dominated April theaters, breaking records. Next week, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" is likely to overshadow Mario. Studios promoted summer blockbusters at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie" was expected to cross $1 billion in worldwide box office Sunday, becoming the 10th animated feature and the first since 2019.
International sales are stronger with $490 million domestic sales. Over the weekend, the Illumination-animated film earned $68.3 million overseas, bringing its total to $532.5 million.
"Are You There God?" was a weekend debut. "It's Me, Margaret" won. The $30 million coming-of-age film written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig ("The Edge of Seventeen") started well with $6.8 million in 3,343 locations from Lionsgate.
Are You There God? "It's Me, Margaret," about an 11-year-old (Abby Ryder Fortson) going through adolescence, drew mostly women.
"Are You There God?" has a "A" CinemaScore and 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating. It's Me Margaret" should do well through Mother's Day.
Lionsgate released "Sisu" in 1,006 theaters. The film about a prospector (Jorma Tommila) whose gold is taken by Nazis made an estimated $3.3 million.
The unusual multinational picture that open nationwide did well. Jalmari Helander's film is 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
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