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Movie Monday: Mario Bros. Movie Still Running Strong

Level three complete.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie seems to have snagged one of those yellow smiling stars. For three-straight weeks, the animated film has been practically invincible, outracing everyone else in the field and notching win after win. Princess Peach is surely glowing with pride.

This weekend was no exception. Sure, Mario and Luigi aren’t quite as dominant as they had been a couple of weeks ago. Still, grossing an estimated $58.2 million in a third weekend of release is pretty supa-koopa. That grows this animated pic’s North American take to $434.3 million. Add in another $437.5 million from overseas, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie has grossed a staggering $871.8 million.

Will Super Mario Bros. make a cool billion bucks before its done? You bet your Bowsers it will. The film hasn’t even opened in South Korea or its native Japan yet.

Evil Dead Rise looked quite lively, but it only could rise to second place. The newcomer—and the fifth film in the 42-year-old franchise—shambled to $23.5 million in North America. That’s less than half of what Super Mario Bros. made. But given that Warner Bros. reportedly spent just $19 million to make the thing, its gross equates to an absolute killing.

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant was not nearly as profitable. It earned just $6.3 million to slide into third.

Two holdovers closed out this week’s top five. John Wick: Chapter 4 banked another $5.8 million to push its domestic take to $168.9 million. And Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves swiped another $5.4 million to stuff in its own treasure chests. Those honorable thieves have earned $82.2 million during their box-office run.

Two other newcomers are also worth mentioning. Chevalier, an unremarkable movie about a remarkable man, notched $1.5 million to finish 11th. And Somewhere in Queens, a dramedy featuring small-screen staples Ray Romano and Laurie Metcalf, took home a not-so-queenly sum of $671,000 for 12th.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.