‘The Super Mario Bros.’ is getting ahead in the race.
"Frozen," a classic success from Disney, is 'letting it go' of its position as the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.
The original adventures of the royal sister's Anna and Elsa ($1.28 billion) dropped to third place over the weekend as Universal's "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" earned $1.3 billion at the global box office.
But when it comes to all things computer-generated, the kingdom of Arendelle continues to be preeminent. With a staggering $1.45 billion in worldwide sales, the sequel "Frozen II" was even more successful than the first film.
(While technically computer-generated, the studio has designated Disney's live-action 2019 remake of "The Lion King," which took in an astounding $1.65 billion, as live-action. As a result, it is not included in the list of the best-animated films.)
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie," a joint effort by Universal, Illumination, and Nintendo, has been well received by audiences all over the world, earning $566 million domestically and $733.9 million overseas.
It has been the year's first and only film to reach the coveted $1 billion mark. Mexico ($84 million), Japan ($80 million), the United Kingdom ($64 million), and France ($57 million) are the highest-earning nations outside of North America.
A whopping $204 million was made by "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" in its first five days of distribution when it premiered in theatres on April 5. With such ticket sales, it was able to secure both the second-largest premiere for an animated film in history and the biggest opening weekend of the year.
Since its release, "Mario" has surpassed all other video game adaptations in terms of domestic and international box office earnings. Illumination, the animation studio behind "Despicable Me" and its "Minion" spinoffs, "Sing," and "The Grinch," also calls it their biggest film to date.