World box office April 14-16

Rank  Film (distributor) 3-day (world) Cume (world) 3-day (int’l) Cume (int’l) Territories 
 1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Universal)  $181.1m  $678m  $94.1m  $330.1m  72
 2. John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate)  $26.5m  $349.7m  $18.6m  $189.6m  77
 3. Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (Paramount)  $21.2m  $157.1m  $13.8m  $83m  65
 4. The Pope’s Exorcist (Sony)  $19.6m  $36.6m  $10.4m  $27.4m  52
 5. Suzume (various)
 $18m  $272.4m  $13m  $267.4m  39
 6. Air (Warner Bros)
 $13.9m  $54.1m  $6.2m  $20.8m  67
 7. Renfield (Universal)  $10m  $10m  $2.3m   $2.3m  47
 8. Ride On (various)
 $6.6m  $23.3m  $6.6m  $23.3m  6
 9. The Three Musketeers - D’Artagnan (various)   $6.3m  $16.6m  $6.3m   $16.6m  21
 10. Hachiko (various)  $5m  $35.2m  $5m  $35.2m  4

Credit: Comscore. All figures are estimates. 

Strong international hold boosts ‘Mario’

UPDATE: Universal’s release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie looks well on course to break the $1bn barrier at the global box office after a second weekend of play added another confirmed $194.9m: $92.5m in North America, and $102.5m from 71 international markets.

While North America saw a 41% drop, international territories fell a mild 22%. Totals after 12 days of play are $353.3m in North America and $339.8m for international, combining for $693.1m worldwide.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now the highest-grossing film worldwide released in 2023, beating Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania ($474.3m). However, the Illumination/Nintendo animated videogame adaptation is not yet the biggest-grossing film of the year, since Avatar: The Way Of Water has grossed around $1bn of its $2.32bn total in calendar year 2023.

Among international markets, Mexico continues to lead the way for Super Mario, and has now reached $53.5m – the third-biggest animated film of all time there.

UK/Ireland saw a slim 14% drop at the weekend, and has reached $44.4m – making Super Mario the biggest film of the year in the market. Germany enjoyed an even slimmer decline: down just 4%, and with a total so far of $29.9m.

Among other international markets, France ($21.7m so far) comes next, ahead of Australia ($19.9m), China ($17.2m), Spain ($15.3m), Italy ($14.5m), Brazil ($12.7m) and Central America ($11.9m).

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now the second-biggest animated film of the pandemic era (and in fact since 2019), behind only Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru ($939.6m). Among US studio films of the pandemic era, it currently ranks 12th – although it will quickly rise up that ranking, overtaking the likes of Fast & Furious 9 ($726.2m), Thor: Love And Thunder ($760.9m), The Batman ($770.9m) and No Time To Die ($774.2m).

As Screen noted in its international box office report last week, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is likely to have a sustained run throughout April and until May 5, when it faces serious competition from Disney’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3

‘Renfield’ anaemic in early markets

UPDATE: While The Super Mario Bros. Movie continues to buoy spirits at Universal, the release of Renfield offered less cause for celebration, including in the first wave of 46 international markets where the Dracula-themed action comedy debuted with a confirmed $2.1m. In North America, the film began with $8m, landing in fourth place.

Among international territories, UK/Ireland led with $838,000 – far ahead of second-placed Spain ($161,000) and third-placed Taiwan ($110,000). Many of the 46 international territories released so far are relatively modest in size, with plenty of key markets yet to come: South Korea this week (April 19), Mexico and Brazil a week later (April 27), and Australia, Germany, Italy and France all to follow in May, plus Japan in September. The true picture for Renfield will be clearer when the film starts to expand its footprint.

Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina and Nicolas Cage star in Renfield, in the story of Dracula’s servant who rebels against his master in present-day New Orleans, after attending a self-help group for people trapped in abusive relationships. Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) directs from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley, based on an idea by Robert Kirkman. 

Sony release spreads ‘Suzume’ footprint

Suzume No Tojimari

Source: Wild Bunch International (c) Toho

Suzume No Tojimari

Following its successful release in markets including Japan, China and South Korea, Japanese anime Suzume landed at the weekend in North America and other international territories courtesy of Sony/Crunchyroll and distribution partners. The Makoto Shinkai film grossed an estimated $5.0m in North America, and $6.3m in 29 markets where Sony Pictures International Releasing distributes or assigns rights.

Among those territories, Germany led with an estimated $1.7m, followed by France ($1.1m), Mexico ($777,000), UK/Ireland ($608,000) and Australia ($467,000). Wild Bunch handles distribution in German- and French-speaking territories.

Total for Suzume is now $272.4m, according to Comscore. Shinkai’s Weathering With You grossed $192.9m in 2019, and his Your Name reached $382.2m in 2016.

Also for Sony, The Pope’s Exorcist landed in North America with an estimated $9.2m, and added another $10.4m in 51 international markets. Total so far is $36.6m. International holdover markets fell a slim 28%. Italy led new openers with an estimated $1.1m, and key markets yet to release include France, Middle East, South Korea and Japan.

‘The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan’ hits $17m

Pathe’s The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan expanded from 11 to 21 markets at the weekend, grossing an estimated $6.3m, and taking the total after 12 days to $16.6m. The weekend saw the film land in territories including Germany (where co-producer Constantin Film distributes) and Spain (where co-producer DeAPlaneta distributes).

This is the first of a two-part adaptation, concluding in December with The Three Musketeers – Milady. Many key markets are yet to release. Entertainment Film Distributors releases in UK/Ireland this coming weekend (April 21).

South Korea boosts ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’

The latest key market to welcome Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 is South Korea, where the hitman thriller grossed an estimated $5.9m, topping the weekend chart. The territory opening helped Chapter 4 gross an estimated $26.5m at the weekend globally, taking the worldwide total to $349.7m.

The film has now overtaken the lifetime total of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ($328.3m) to become the highest-grossing instalment of the franchise.