Saturday, June 22, 2024

Box Office: Super Numbers for Animated Super Mario Brothers $31 Mil Opening Night Despite Terrible Reviews


Well, what can you say? If the audience wants to see a movie, they will find it.

Last night, “Super Mario Brothers” made $31 million. It’s animated movie for children, no? And star Chris Pratt was criticized for his accent as Mario. John Leguizamo is upset about the casting. But there it is.

Thirty one million dollars. Four more days of that and you’ve got $150 million, which doesn’t seem possible.

Mind you, this is a movie with a 53 on Rotten Tomatoes among critics and bloggers. But it has a 96 audience rating. The people want to see their favorite video game on the big screen!

Hey– one day, this will be on TCM. (LOL, no.) Congrats to Universal Pictures. They know what they’re doing. This is how they can afford to release “Chevalier” and the new Wes Anderson movie.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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