The box office heats up as Super Mario Bros. movie crosses $800M globally and Evil Dead Rise opens with $23.5M in the U.S. Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s military action thriller The Covenant debuts and Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid expands nationwide.
The box office continues to sizzle as Illumination and Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie dominates the multiplex in its third weekend, grossing $871.8 million globally, with a domestic cume of $434.3 million. The animated movie is breaking records left and right, becoming the highest-grossing animated film in Universal’s history at the domestic box office and the seventh-biggest third weekend among any film at the domestic box office.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’s new supernatural horror movie, Evil Dead Rise, debuts strongly with $23.5 million from 3,402 theaters in the U.S. and $16.8 million from 58 markets overseas, scaring up a global start of $40.3 million. The well-reviewed film, directed by Lee Cronin, stars Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland in a twisted familial tale of demonic possession.
Guy Ritchie’s military action drama, The Covenant, also debuts this weekend and comes in at No. 3 with $6.3 million from 2,611 theaters on Friday. The movie, distributed by MGM, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a U.S. Army sergeant who goes back to Afghanistan to rescue his former interpreter, played by Dar Salim, from the clutches of the Taliban.
Ari Aster’s mind-bending specialty film, Beau Is Afraid, expands nationwide after a successful start in four theaters last weekend. The movie starring Joaquin Phoenix comes in at No. 9 with $2.7 million from 965 locations for a domestic cume of $3.1 million.
Specialty distributor Searchlight decides to open Stephen Williams’ Chevalier nationwide from the get-go, placing at No. 11 in its debut with a projected $1.5 million from 1,275 theaters. The period drama stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the famed French nobleman, violinist, and conductor who was of mixed race.
Overall, the box office is gearing up for the summer season, with movies such as Super Mario Bros., Evil Dead Rise, The Covenant, Beau Is Afraid, and Chevalier captivating audiences worldwide.